Found July 20, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Paul Konerko and his aching back made a step closer to getting back to the big leagues. After playing six innings Thursday, he only felt as much soreness as expected. This was his second game since June 23rd. Stephen McCray and the Barons 1-hit the Lookouts in their second shutout win in a row. Konerko 0-4 in rehab. More: http://t.co/gJ5lz7EFRI — Birmingham Barons (@BhamBarons) July 20, 2013 "I've been sort of dragging today,'' Konerko said before the game. "But I knew I was going to wake up dragging because I hadn't been doing much. The good thing is I feel like I'm getting better.'' The White Sox placed Konerko on the 15-day DL with a lower back strain on July 3rd. Konerko served as the Birmingham Barons designated hitter against the Chattanooga Lookouts, a Dodgers affiliate. He had an uneventful 0-for-4, with the final out coming when he hit a liner to shortstop off Carlos Marmol. Question is from White Sox nation is: will his return mean anything? This is a team where 10 players have spent time on the disabled list this season, including three starting pitchers, two middle-of-the-order mainstays and the entire right side of the infield. But Konerko, someone known for consistency who has combined a back injury with an eventual expiring contract, has been subpar this season. In fact, his batting average the past four seasons has slowly deteriorated. .312 in 2010, .300 in 2011, .298 in 2012 and an outrageous .249 thus far in 2013. Plus only 7 homers this season after hitting 26 or more the last 3 years. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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