Konerko to undergo exam on Monday

Konerko to undergo exam on Monday

CHICAGO -- Paul Konerko will undergo a thorough concussion-related exam at Rush University Medical Center on Monday, as announced by the White Sox on Sunday morning.

If the White Sox captain shows positive signs of improvements during that exam, he could resume baseball activities on Tuesday. The hope is that Konerko is cleared to rejoin the team Friday in Kansas City, when he is eligible to come off the seven-day disabled list.

"It's not easy to get on this list, and it's not easy to get off it," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura, repeating a mantra he has used since Konerko went on the disabled list specially designed for concussions on Friday. "Our doctors look at it, and MLB has doctors to look at him. It's not just we look at him and give him a thumbs-up.

"He felt a little better yesterday, but he hasn't done any activity. Exert himself. Running, workout, that's really the next step. Once he feels he's able to start doing things, running around and maybe swinging a bat. Most of the symptoms go away, and then you try to get some activity in and see where it goes."

Konerko sustained the concussion during the seventh inning of Tuesday's contest against the Royals, when Jarrod Dyson's left elbow caught Konerko in the right temple as he beat out an infield single on a grounder to second baseman Gordon Beckham. Ventura described Konerko's symptoms as "a little of everything" and "he doesn't look right," although he has improved over the past few days.

Ventura also admitted to going through concussion-like situations as a player but that the game as a whole is better equipped to handle such situations.

"We never had the seven-day disabled list," Ventura said. "Guys have talked about it. Everybody probably has a story about it, probably have gotten a concussion.

"Back then you were supposed to shake it off and you'll be fine. We have a lot more information now and people are smarter about it and taking care of the guys."