The Chicago White Sox held first baseman Paul Konerko out of the starting lineup for last night's opener against the New York Mets due to soreness in his back. Manager Robin Ventura told reporters -- including Scott Merkin of MLB.com -- that Konerko's back was tight, and it's something that he's trying to work out.
"It's just tight," said manager Robin Ventura.
"It's one of those he's trying to work it out right now."
Konerko missed a game earlier this season due to a stiff neck, and it seems like he will see nights off from time to time as his body requires. The 37-year-old has been extremely durable over his career, as he's played in at least 142 games over 12 of the past 14 seasons, never having participated in less than 122 contests during that span.
To replace Konerko, the White Sox used Jeff Keppinger as their designated hitter and Adam Dunn played first base. While the veteran wasn't in the starting lineup, he was available to pinch-hit, which indicates the injury isn't extremely severe.
It's been a rough start to the season for Konerko, who's only hit .253/.319/.373 with nine doubles and seven home runs over 276 plate appearances. However, he did finish the team's recent 10-game road trip going 14-for-37, so Chicago is hopeful he's heating up.
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