Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko says that he has already had his All-Star break, so the next four days are work days. MLB.com's Scott Merkin reports that Konerko will use the break to prepare for his Minor League rehab assignment scheduled for Thursday, July 18.
Konerko will join the Double-A Birmingham Barons Thursday for a four-game series that will take him through the weekend. He plans to play first base although he will also likely DH for some of that time. After the series, the White Sox will determine if Konero is ready to return to the big club. He might have already begun to play if not for the All-Star break, which also occurs in the Minors this week.
Konerko is on the disabled list due to a lower back strain suffered in late June. He has played in one game since June 23 and hit the disabled list after leaving that game on July 2. He started working out again just this past week and plans to continue his workouts throughout the break to prepare for Thursday. Said Konerko,
"I don't really see the All-Star break as a break for me because I haven't been doing anything. I've been doing the work and stuff, but I've had my All-Star break for the last two weeks or whatever it has been.
The White Sox have had a very disappointing first half, prompting what could amount to a fire sale. They enter the break in last place in the A.L. Central at 37-55, 14 games out. They have already traded reliever Matt Thornton to the Red Sox, and more deals are very likely to come soon. Konerko, though, is a White Sox mainstay and one of two players on the roster (pitcher Chris Sale) labeled as untouchable regarding pending trades.
Konerko is a career .282/.358/.495 hitter known for power. He has 429 career home runs and 1366 RBI in 15 years, 13+ with Chicago. White Sox fans would love to see him finish his career on the South side of Chicago.
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