Konerko sits again with chip in his wrist
CHICAGO (AP) Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko was sidelined for a second straight game Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays after having a procedure to flush a bone chip out of a joint in his left wrist.
Konerko said he hoped to be back for the series finale Thursday but wasn't sure. The wrist was still sore from the 25-minute procedure, which he also underwent on June 3, 2011 forcing him to miss two games.
He said a needle is put in his wrist and then fluid is injected into the joint to move the bone chip into another area. Konerko said he would likely have surgery after the season to remove it for good. He didn't have the surgery this past offseason because he thought the problem had been solved.
Konerko said he first starting noticing the problem in the 2008 season, but was able work the chip out of the joint on his own until the last two years.
He said it began acting up on Monday's off day and he had been trying since that morning to work it out of the joint. But during batting practice Tuesday, he couldn't swing the bat normally because his wrist was restricted.
``It's kind of a weird thing because it's a small little thing that is not a big deal, but when it gets into that joint, I can't swing a bat and that makes it tough,'' he said.
Konerko is batting .366 with 11 homers and 33 RBIs. Backup catcher Tyler Flowers got the start at first base Wednesday.