Konerko hoping to return on Tuesday

Konerko hoping to return on Tuesday

Konerko hoping to return on Tuesday
CHICAGO -- The swelling above Paul Konerko's left eye seemed to be slightly reduced Sunday as he continues to get treatment after being hit by a Jeff Samardzija pitch in the third inning of Friday's 3-2 White Sox victory against the Cubs. Konerko had hoped to be ready by Sunday, but manager Robin Ventura said that using him as a pinch-hitter probably wouldn't even happen in an emergency.

"He would probably want to, and he's trying to take swings to see what it looks like," Ventura said. "But you don't want to put a guy out there that can't fully see.

"There is enough swelling above his eye that he can't fully see. He can do everything physically, but you don't want to put him out there in that situation."

With Monday's off-day, Ventura was hopeful that Konerko would be part of Tuesday's starting lineup against the Twins.