CHICAGO -- Paul Konerko had hoped to be back at first base for the White Sox on Wednesday, after taking grounders on Tuesday. But factoring in the wear and tear endured during Tuesday's 14-inning victory, the White Sox captain returned to the designated hitter's spot.
"It felt pretty good for the most part. I can do what I can do," said Konerko of taking grounders during Tuesday's batting practice. "It just gets a little weak. It gets me a little quicker than I wanted."
Konerko, who went 4-for-6 on Tuesday, certainly has not been affected offensively by his sore left calf/knee, suffered on July 31 when hit by a pitch, as he has a .388 average over his last 13 games, with a 12-game hitting streak ending in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Cleveland. The pain is not felt by Konerko at the plate, but he still would like to get back in the field as soon as possible, maybe by Thursday's series finale.
"I'm not ruling out anything," Konerko said. "I prefer to be over there, because I prefer playing the game over there and not just DH-ing, and I've taken 3 billion swings in the last week because you have to stay loose and it wears on you more. But as far as us winning, the team functioning well as a team, it's really not as big of a deal."