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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 and Jimmy Rollins were announced as co-winners of the 2014 Roberto Clemente Award on Friday.
The annual award, in existence since 1971, recognizes the MLB player who "best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team" and is voted on by fans and members of the baseball media. This marks the first time that the award has been shared. Oct 24 - 7:25 PM

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Paul Konerko is available to pinch hit Thursday against the Royals.

Konerko, who is wrapping up his 18-year career this weekend, expects to start Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. He's dealing with a small fracture in his left hand, but will try to tough it out to the end.
Sep 25 - 5:19 PM

Paul Konerko is back in the White Sox' lineup Friday.

Konerko hasn't played since September 2, when he suffered a small fracture in his left hand. He'll attempt to play through the ailment in the final days of his season (and career).
Sep 19 - 3:28 PM

Paul Konerko (hand) could be available to play Wednesday.

If he's not ready Wednesday, he thinks he'll "certainly" be available Friday. Konerko hit 30 pitches in extended batting practice Tuesday. "It’s pretty much ready to go," Konerko said. "I’ve got to get more baseball activity in. I didn’t hit for 10-12 days or take any ground balls, any of that. Now it’s just kind of getting that stuff in. I don’t see any reason why I can’t be available as early as (Wednesday), but certainly Friday."
Source: CSN Chicago
Sep 16 - 7:39 PM

Paul Konerko (hand) took batting practice Monday.

Konerko is dealing with a small fracture in his left hand but hopes to return at some point during the White Sox' current road trip. "It’s coming along," manager Robin Ventura said. "He swung the bat a little bit, and I think he’s going to get out there today and see how much he can take. It’s the impact you’re worried about. He can move his hand around enough to get by, but until we can see what happens when he makes impact, then we’ll go from there. He’s encouraged by it, so it’s looking like he’s getting closer to playing."
Source: CSN Chicago
Sep 15 - 8:07 PM

Paul Konerko (hand) is hoping to play this week after hitting off a tee with minor discomfort on Sunday.

Konerko has a small fracture in his left hand, but with it being his final season he plays to play through some pain in the final weeks. Don't expect more than a handful of token appearances.
Sep 14 - 12:03 PM

Paul Konerko (hand) hopes to return this weekend.

Konerko was diagnosed last week with a fracture in his left hand, but he wants to play through it in his final major league season. The veteran first baseman is batting .220/.272/.344 in 74 games this year.
Sep 10 - 5:11 PM

Paul Konerko is likely to miss the next several days with a fracture in his left hand.

It's not a bad enough break to knock him out for the rest of the season. Really, it's mostly about how much pain he wants to play through. He'll test the hand by swinging and determine whether he's ready to play. Given that this is Konerko's last season, he'll certainly look to return to the lineup as soon as possible.
Sep 5 - 5:12 PM

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

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

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Flowers
2Adrian Nieto
3Josh Phegley
4Kevan Smith
1B1Jose Abreu
2Rangel Ravelo
2B1Carlos Sanchez
2Marcus Semien
3Leury Garcia
SS1Alexei Ramirez
2Tyler Saladino
3B1Conor Gillaspie
LF1Dayan Viciedo
2John Danks
3J.B. Shuck
CF1Adam Eaton
2Tony Campana
RF1Avisail Garcia
2Michael Taylor
DH1Andy Wilkins
2Paul Konerko
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2John Danks
3Jose Quintana
4Hector Noesi
5Francellis Montas
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake Petricka
2Zach Putnam
3Zach Duke
4Daniel Webb
5Javy Guerra
6Nate Jones
7Maikel Cleto
8Scott Snodgress
9Eric Surkamp
10Chris Bassitt
11Onelki Garcia