Konerko has fragment removed from wrist
Paul Konerko has had a loose bone fragment in his left wrist for years.
Usually, it settles in a joint and locks the wrist when he's driving a car or picking something up.
But in May the fragment landed in the joint and bothered Konerko before a game at Seattle.
He was able to shake it out and play, but the fragment returned after Wednesday's game at Boston, and Konerko's wrist still was not right when he took some swings before the White Sox' 6-4 win over the Tigers on Friday night.
The Sox' best hitter (.310, 12 home runs, 44 RBI) wound up missing the game after having a surgical procedure at Rush University Medical Center.
"Surgery is kind of a strong word," Konerko said. "Basically, I have a little bone fragment in my left wrist. It pops in and out of a joint that everybody has there."
To pop it out, Konerko had to deal with two needles. One was a shot for numbness and the other manipulated the fragment to the other side of the wrist.
"They basically flushed it out," Konerko said. "I think we flushed it to a place that makes it tougher to get back in. It's just kind of a weird thing."
Konerko said he will play today as long as the soreness caused from the dual needles eases up.
White Sox win:
It wasn't a classic by any means, but the White Sox weren't apologizing for Friday night's 6-4 victory over the Tigers, which snapped a nine-game losing streak against their AL Central opponent.
"That was an ugly win, very ugly," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "But a win is a win and you take it."
The Sox should have blown out Detroit starter Andy Oliver early. They loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning and managed just 1 run.
In the third, they had runners on second and third and didn't score. Carlos Quentin's 3-run homer off Oliver in the fourth inning made it 4-0, but the White Sox had to hang on for the win.
Give credit to left fielder Juan Pierre, who made a great catch on a deep drive off the bat of Alex Avila in the eighth inning and hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot, in the ninth.
"I keep saying, 'Never give up on Juan,'" Guillen said. "I never will."
Adam Dunn reached on an infield single in the fifth inning against Tigers reliever Charlie Furbush, snapping an 0-for-40 streak against left-handed pitchers to open the season.
Dunn was not in the lineup against Detroit lefty Andy Oliver until Paul Konerko was scratched, but manager Ozzie Guillen said he's not in a platoon situation.
"When you're making more than $2 (million)-$3 million, you're not a platoon player," Guillen said.
On the disabled list with a strained oblique, Mark Teahen played in his sixth rehab game with Class AAA Charlotte on Friday night and was 0-for-3.
Teahen is batting .174 (4-for-23) overall. When he returns from the DL, relief pitcher Jeff Marquez is likely to head back to Charlotte. Teahen played left field Friday.
"We want him to play third base and a little bit of first base," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "As soon as he can do that, he should be up here."
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