"[Saturday] night he was swinging it pretty good. Health-wise, he's looking good," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of Konerko. "Any time you get Paulie back, it's important for a lot of different reasons."
Konerko played 34 games at first base and 33 at designated hitter before the injury. Ventura wants to use a continued split for Konerko between those two responsibilities.
"He likes being on the field and you want to take care of him in a way that you know you're taking care of his back," Ventura said. "Him and Adam [Dunn] both like being on the field, so you try and mix it up a bit."
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