CHICAGO – Further testing awaits White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko.
Konerko will undergo a thorough concussion-related exam today at Rush University Medical Center. If the results are positive, the plan is for Konerko to resume baseball-related activities Tuesday and then hopefully rejoin the Sox on Friday in Kansas City.
Konerko took an elbow to his right temple during a play at first in the seventh inning Tuesday against the Royals. Although he stayed in the game, Konerko did not start Wednesday and was put on the seven-day disabled list Friday with a concussion.
Manager Robin Ventura said Konerko is experiencing a “little bit of everything” with his concussion symptoms.
“I don’t know if it’s just headaches,” Ventura said. “Doesn’t look right, doesn’t move around too quick. He says it’s gotten better over the past few days.
“For him, once he feels he’s able to start doing things, running around and maybe swinging a bat, it’s just a deal to know he can play,” Ventura added. “Most of the symptoms go away, then you try to get some activity in and see where it goes.”
In 101 games this season Konerko is hitting .316 with 18 home runs and 54 RBIs.
Youkilis sits: After getting hit by a pitch, a sore Kevin Youkilis was not in the Sox’s lineup for Sunday’s series finale against the Oakland Athletics.
Oakland reliever Grant Balfour drilled Youkilis on his left arm during the ninth inning Saturday, leaving the third baseman with a swollen arm. Youkilis is day to day as he also nurses a sore right knee that kept him out of the lineup Tuesday.
Flowers progresses: In his first full season in the majors, Tyler Flowers has a great opportunity to learn from one of baseball’s most durable catchers in A.J. Pierzynski.
While Flowers’ offensive numbers don’t wow – he’s hitting .219 with three home runs and six RBIs – the Sox have come to rely on their backup catcher, especially with Pierzynski filling in, at times, as the designated hitter.
Flowers and Pierzynski often sit down with the pitchers and devise game plans, providing yet another learning experience.
“It’s a tough job to be a part-timer, but he’s done well,” Ventura said. “He’s a good catcher. He calls the game well and receives the ball well. He’s done a good job. [Saturday] just seeing him get some hits, it goes a long way for your confidence to be able to contribute.”