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Paul Konerko returns to White Sox's lineup

Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO – White Sox captain Paul Konerko (lower back strain) was activated from the disabled list and returned to the lineup Monday against the Detroit Tigers as the designated hitter, batting fifth.

Monday was Konerko’s first game since July 3 and only the second game he played dating to June 25. Konerko avoided addressing whether he would retire after his contract expires this season. He is on a regimen to stabilize his back and core, and Konerko hopes that will help him avoid aggravating his injury.

“It’s just, again, like one of those things where if it crops up to where it knocks you down and you can’t play, you can’t do those things, that’s different,” Konerko said. “But you just cross your fingers on that like everybody else is on the ones they have.”

Beckham injured: Everything had finally been going well at the plate for second baseman Gordon Beckham.

Since returning from surgery to remove the fractured hamate bone in his left wrist, Beckham is hitting .327 in 39 games and was starting to display the potential he had shown during his rookie season in 2009. However, another injury has Beckham stuck in limbo. A strained left wrist – nearly the same spot where he had the surgery in April – kept Beckham out of the lineup Monday against Detroit for the second consecutive game.

“It’s frustrating for me because if it was just this, I think I could be OK with it. But when you hurt yourself for two months and are finally starting to get comfortable back playing and for something to go wrong with your hand again, it kind of stinks,” Beckham said.

Beckham will wait until Tuesday to see if his wrist feels better before deciding to take any swings. He hopes to avoid another stint on the disabled list but at this point is stuck in a wait-and-see mode. Manager Robin Ventura said he couldn’t rule out that Beckham will go on the DL.

Beckham was told the injury is not related to the hamate bone surgery. He suffered the strain before Friday’s game when he was swinging a bat with a weight on it to get loose.

“The doctor said it could be a week, it could be more, it could be less,” Beckham said. “We don’t really know. We just have to see how it responds to not doing anything and hops it’s not as bad as it could be.”

Trade attention on Peavy: With starting pitcher Matt Garza off the market, having been traded by the Cubs to the Rangers on Monday in exchange for five players, Jake Peavy becomes one of the best options for contending teams searching for starting pitching.

Peavy reiterated Monday he won’t be caught off guard should he get traded, especially after learning of Garza’s deal.

“I understand there’s a possibility of me being moved so you prepare yourself in life that could happen,” Peavy said. “Act as if you are oblivious to the matter, but at the same time I have to get ready to pitch against the Detroit Tigers [on Thursday].”

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