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Paul Konerko | Designated Hitter

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (38) / 3/5/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Paul Konerko went 3-for-4 with a solo home run Saturday against the Royals.
It was the only offense of the day for the White Sox. Konerko hasn't played much since Jose Abreu returned from the DL, so he had just nine at-bats this month coming into Saturday's action. The 38-year-old now has four home runs on the season and 438 for his career, which ties Andre Dawson for 42nd on the all-time list. Jun 14 - 5:38 PM

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Paul Konerko provided the offense in the White Sox's win over Padres on Sunday, hitting his third home run of 2014 while going 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBI.

Konerko slugged a solo home run in the second inning to get the Sox on the board. He then added a two-run double in the sixth to give Chicago all the runs it needed in the 4-1 victory. Konerko, who is batting just .191, has had a hard time adjusting to a part-time role this season.
Jun 1 - 5:03 PM

Paul Konerko (back) has returned to the starting lineup Saturday against the Padres.

Konerko didn't start Wednesday or Friday due to a back strain, but he's going to try to give it a go. The 37-year-old has received more playing time since Jose Abreu landed on the DL, but he'll move back into a part-time role again soon.
May 31 - 11:12 AM

Paul Konerko hit a two-run homer off the Royals' Jason Vargas in Monday's win.

Konerko should be the White Sox's regular first baseman for a couple of weeks while Jose Abreu rests his ankle. He probably won't go on a homer spree to celebrate, but it'd sure be nice. Tonight's long ball was his second of the year.
May 20 - 12:13 AM

Paul Konerko doubled twice and drove in three runs as the White Sox beat the Cubs 8-3 on Wednesday.

Konerko was finally able to make a big contribution in a White Sox win. He entered with two RBI on the season, both of which came in losses. The start tonight was his first since April 27, and he hadn't had any at-bats at all since April 29.
May 7 - 11:55 PM

Paul Konerko went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored as the White Sox defeated the Tigers on Wednesday.

Konerko, who has played sparingly, was hitting .105 in 20 plate appearances entering the night. The 38-year-old was making only his fourth start of the season. With Adam Dunn and Jose Abreu hitting so well, it's hard to fault the White Sox for using Konerko so sparingly.
Apr 23 - 10:10 PM

Making just his second start of the season, Paul Konerko went 0-for-4 on Thursday, leaving him 1-for-13.

With Adam Dunn and Jose Abreu off to such nice starts, the White Sox haven't found much for Konerko to do yet. Fortunately, that seems to be OK with him, though he'd surely prefer to better capitalize on what chances he does get.
Apr 17 - 11:58 PM

Paul Konerko went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run as the White Sox defeated the Mariners 7-6 on Monday.

Konerko took Blake Beavan deep in the sixth inning, ultimately chasing the right-hander out of the game. It is the veteran's first blast of the spring. He also singled for good measure and his spring average is up to .256. The 38-year-old, entering his final season, posted a lackluster .669 OPS last season.
Mar 24 - 6:48 PM

Paul Konerko went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI in a losing effort against the Rangers on Sunday.

The 38-year-old slugger will be a part-time player for the White Sox this season as he embarks on his farewell tour around Major League Baseball. Unless injury strikes to Adam Dunn or Jose Abreu, he's probably best left to those in AL-only formats.
Mar 16 - 10:07 PM

Paul Konerko was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to stomach issues.

He'll be fine in a day or two. Mike McDade is playing in Konerko's place Sunday.
Mar 2 - 11:19 AM

White Sox re-signed 1B/DH Paul Konerko to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

Konerko will receive $1.5 million in 2014 while another $1 million will be deferred to 2021. The 37-year-old is expected to serve as Jose Abreu's backup at first base while seeing some time at DH against left-handers. However, he likely won't get enough at-bats to be relevant in most mixed fantasy leagues.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 11:05:00 AM

Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports that Paul Konerko will get a one-year, $2.5 million deal to return to the White Sox.

A portion of his salary will be deferred. The White Sox are expected to make an official announcement at some point on Wednesday. Konerko will take on a diminished role in what will likely be his final season.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 10:37:00 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears from sources that Paul Konerko will return to the White Sox next season.

No word yet on the terms, but it will almost certainly be a one-year deal. The White Sox signed Jose Abreu earlier this offseason, but Konerko has expressed a willingness to accept a reduced role to finish his career on a high note. Adam Dunn is the primary DH, so it could be tough for him to get regular at-bats in 2014. Konerko, who turns 38 in March, batted .244/.313/.355 with 12 home runs and 54 RBI over 126 games this past season.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 09:39:00 AM

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Tuesday that he expects Paul Konerko to make a decision on their offer prior to the Winter Meetings.

The White Sox have offered Konerko a chance to return in a backup role at a reduced salary, but Hahn indicated Tuesday that he's not sure the first baseman would accept such a role. "I don’t think Paulie wants to play just to be on the bench or a farewell tour," Hahn said. "That’s not him." If he doesn't take the White Sox' offer, the 38-year-old could seek a regular job elsewhere or simply retire.
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 07:41:00 PM

White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf told WSCR-AM 670 on Saturday that he isn't sure whether Paul Konerko plans to continue his playing career.

"I have no idea," said Reinsdorf. "It’s truly Paul’s option. He has earned the right to come back if he wants to come back. He’s been the most popular player over the last 15 years that we’ve had. … He’s basically a White Sox lifer. He’s a terrific teammate. He’s our captain and he just has to make a decision whether he wants to come back or not." If Konerko returns, he will have to accept a part-time role at a reduced salary. He turns 38 in March.
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 10:24:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Flowers
2Adrian Nieto
1B1Jose Abreu
2B1Carlos Sanchez
2Leury Garcia
SS1Alexei Ramirez
3B1Conor Gillaspie
LF1Alejandro De Aza
2Jordan Danks
CF1Adam Eaton
RF1Avisail Garcia
2Dayan Viciedo
3Moises Sierra
DH1Adam Dunn
2Paul Konerko
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2John Danks
3Jose Quintana
4Felipe Paulino
5Scott Carroll
6Hector Noesi
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake Petricka
2Zach Putnam
3Matt Lindstrom
4Daniel Webb
5Javy Guerra
6Ronald Belisario
7Maikel Cleto
8Nate Jones