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Rebuild or retool the White Sox? Ken Williams isn’t sure

Lorenzo Careaches base an infield single fourth inning. Paul Konerko who homered couldn’t come up with throw. | Getty Images

Lorenzo Cain reaches base on an infield single in the fourth inning. Paul Konerko, who homered, couldn’t come up with the throw. | Getty Images

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Updated: November 11, 2011 1:26PM

Will the White Sox be rebuilding or just retooling next year? It’s a question general manager Ken Williams said he still can’t answer.

‘‘We’ve got a good young core of players who have come through and really shown some ability and played really well,’’ Williams said. ‘‘We’ve got to blend that with some of the veterans we know are coming back, and the difficult part about that is not really having a good gauge as to what to reasonably expect based on what’s happened.’’

Trying to determine if Adam Dunn’s bad season is an aberration is part of the equation, he said.

‘‘Do you account for it and account for the uncertainty and commit yourself to making sure we continue to build this young core so the next group can do something special?’’ he said. ‘‘Sometimes you have to take one step back to take two steps forward. That might be the point where we’re at, but it’s too early to make that decision.’’

Manager Ozzie Guillen left speculation about next year to Williams and chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.

‘‘I think they have to evaluate this ballclub,’’ Guillen said. ‘‘I think they have to think about what they want to do. When the team plays like that, what can you think? What should we do? What can we do? It’s not easy because the product they brought here was pretty good. And when you don’t perform the way you think you’re going to perform and don’t win the games you think you’re going to win, then the GM or front-office people or the owner, there’s a lot up in the air. We put ourselves in this situation.’’

PK all the way

Paul Konerko was going to get another day off Friday because of back stiffness, but he asked to play. He hit his 31st homer for the Sox’ only run in an 11-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals. The homer was No. 396 of his career, tying him with Joe Carter for 51st on the all-time list.

‘‘It’s kind of a balance of getting [the season] over with but also playing these last few games the right way,’’ he said. ‘‘I don’t know what’s going to happen [next season], but I will say this — anything is in play, anything from a player to a coach to a manager to anybody involved in the organization on the baseball side of it.’’

Zach Stewart (2-6) gave up nine runs in four innings to take the loss.

Quentin done

Right fielder Carlos Quentin probably won’t play again because of continuing soreness in the left shoulder he injured Aug. 20. He returned from the disabled list Sept. 12 but played in only one game.

‘‘I think it’s very hard on him,’’ Guillen said. ‘‘He’s fine but sore and when he plays, it gets worse. What does he have to prove?’’

Quentin is hitting .254 with 24 home runs and 77 RBI.

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