Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/14/12

The Chicago White Sox's lineup just doesn't look the same when the team captain is out of it. That was evident once again Monday night, as Chicago struggled to score runs in the 3-2, 11-inning loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

That meant Adam Dunn carrying the load with two solo homers, but having to play first base with Paul Konerko out. That meant catcher A.J. Pierzynski forced into the designated hitter role. And that meant Alex Rios bumped up from his normal fifth spot in the order to the cleanup role that Konerko usually occupies.

But it wasn't all bad for the Sox. They may have lost the first game in the series, but they did get some good news about Konerko and the concussion that landed him on the seven-day disabled list.

Four days in advance of being eligible to be activated, Konerko received an encouraging checkup at Rush University Medical Center.

"He was checked out and everything is looking good," manager Robin Ventura said. "(Tuesday) he'll probably start riding the (stationary) bike and doing physical stuff. I don't know if he will do a whole lot of baseball stuff, but he will start getting some activity in to see how that goes. But things are progressing."

Konerko might play catch Tuesday and begin taking ground balls and doing some running by Wednesday. He would do so all in Chicago with a training staff, with the team playing in Toronto.

As far as a return to the starting lineup, Friday's game in Kansas City isn't out of the question but is a best-case scenario. He'll have to pass one more test before he comes off the DL, and of course that also means the dizziness he had been feeling at night has to subside completely.

Because of the value Konerko brings to the ballclub, both physically and with his leadership skills, no chances will be taken.

"You cross your fingers and hope it's Friday," Ventura said. "When people think about the White Sox, he's the first thing you think of because of his tenure, stature on the team and the way he goes about things.

"He does things the right way, a lead-by-example guy more than a loud person. Those are the things you miss. The example he sets on how guys act, prepare and play the game."

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

A San Diego storm has turned Petco Park into a lake

Top eight storylines for NFL Scouting Combine

Mike D’Antoni calls out Rockets for being ‘soft’ again

WATCH: Dwight Howard ejected for hanging on rim

Capitals acquire Blues’ Kevin Shattenkirk in bold trade

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Chiefs making ‘strong push’ to make Eric Berry highest-paid safety in NFL

Dana White hints at Conor McGregor's next opponent

Report: Steelers make Brown NFL's highest-paid WR

Report: Chiefs sign Duvernay-Tardif to five-year extension

MLB considering introducing 'stickier' baseballs

Report: Browns have discussed trading No. 12 pick for Garoppolo

It's time for Satchel Paige Day in Major League Baseball

The best sports movies available to stream right now

Biggest surprises and disappointments of the NBA season

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Box Score 2/24: A night of NBA disrespect

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

It's time for Satchel Paige Day in MLB

The best sports movies available to stream right now

Biggest surprises and disappointments of the NBA season

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher to win 20 or more games in a season since 2000

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker