Wrist keeps White Sox’ Paul Konerko from start
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org June 3, 2011 9:22PM
Gordon Beckham tags out Brennan Boesch at second on Friday night. | Charles Rex Arbobast~AP
Updated: July 8, 2011 3:39PM
White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko underwent a minor procedure Friday to have a fragment dislodged from his left wrist, which kept him out of the starting lineup against the Detroit Tigers.
Konerko had the procedure at Rush University Medical Center and was available later in the game.
He was replaced in the lineup by Adam Dunn, who originally was scheduled to have the day off “to relax and try to put it together mentally,’’ manager Ozzie Guillen said.
John Danks’ woes aren’t a major concern to general manager Ken Williams, who said the lefty has been hurt by lack of run support.
“It’s a hell of a lot easier to pitch when you have run support, and he hasn’t had it,’’ he said. “In the games where he hasn’t pitched well, it has inflated his numbers to the point where it looks a hell of a lot worse than it is. John Danks, for my money, is still one of the best pitchers in the American League. If I put him on the market, I’d have a hell of a lot of calls [immediately] wanting him. He’s the least of my concerns. He’s fine.’’
Danks, who is 0-8 with a 5.25 ERA, pitches again Monday against the Seattle Mariners.
The arrival of June and warmer temperatures were a welcome part of the Sox’ return home.
“It’s almost like you have to survive April and May,’’ Gordon Beckham said. “Don’t get too worried about home runs because this park can play big in the winter, and when it gets to be summer, it can play really small. So it’s a matter of just getting to the summer. And now that it’s coming and you can feel the heat coming, we start playing really well in the summer — at least in the time I’ve been here we have.’’
Beckham, who is 12-for-31 (.387) in his last 10 games, said he made adjustments in his swing and has tried to stay looser. “I think that’s helped me out. I’ve been getting hits and singles turn into doubles and doubles turn into home runs, so it’s just a matter of time.’’
Mark Teahen continues to rehab with Class AAA Charlotte to get more playing time in the field, Guillen said. “We have to give him a couple more days,’’ he said. “Kenny [Williams] will make the decision to bring him up. Right now, he’s not playing like we want. We want him to play third base and a little bit of first. As soon as he can do that, he should be up here.’’
The Sox have played 35 road games, the most in the American League and tied with the San Francisco Giants for most in the majors. But Friday began a stretch of 23 of the next 35 games in Chicago leading into the All-Star break, including a “road’’ series to Wrigley Field to play the Cubs at the start of July.
The Sox entered Friday slightly ahead of their pace from 2010, when they were 25-33 after 58 games, compared to 27-31 this season.