ANAHEIM -- After a one-game absence due to a stiff back, Paul Konerko returned to the White Sox lineup Friday as the team's designated hitter. Adam Dunn, who is recovering nicely from a strained right oblique that caused him to miss seven games, remained at first base in the opener against the Angels.
"It's one of those to possibly keep him off the field and it's kind of a double thing," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "Adam is probably a little better with his side to keep him moving around and Paulie, it's better for him not to be out there. We'll see how it goes today."
Konerko, who is hitting .237 in his last 42 games, played down the one-game absence.
"It was nothing overly bad. But they just wanted to give me a day yesterday," Konerko said. "I could do either" -- first base or DH -- "whatever they want me to do."