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14 Paul Konerko DH
Height/Weight: 6-2/220 | Birthdate: 3/5/1976 | Birthplace: Providence, RI | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: No College | MLB Experience: 18 | Salary: $12,501,506 | Owned/Started%: 2/0 | Average Draft Position: 262.27
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Paul Konerko a bright light in dark day for White Sox


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) The old veteran was the lone bright spot for the White Sox on Saturday in a lopsided loss to Kansas City. Paul Konerko provided the only run with a homer in the ninth inning that averted a shutout.

Konerko also singled twice in raising his batting average to .212, its highest point in exactly one month.


Paul Konerko drives in three


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2014) White Sox designated hitter Paul Konerko homered and doubled and drove in three runs in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Padres. Konerko hit a solo shot in the second inning that traveled 370 feet to left, then cracked a two-run double in the sixth. These were his first RBI since May 21.

Konerko is hitting only .191 with 14 RBI in 89 at-bats.


Paul Konerko returns to lineup Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko was able to return to the starting lineup Saturday. 

Konerko has been dealing with a back strain, and has missed the last two games. He hit seventh and served as the designated hitter Saturday. In 82 at-bats, Konerko is hitting .171. 


Paul Konerko dealing with back strain


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2014) White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko was held out of the starting lineup for the second consecutive day because of a back strain on Friday against San Diego, ESPN Chicago reports.

Konerko has had a history of back issues which landed him on the disabled list last season. His back locked up on him on Tuesday, according to the report.

Konerko is hitting .171 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 82 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Saturday's game.

Paul Konerko collects second home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) Serving as the designated hitter Monday, White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko went 1 for 4 with a two-run home run in his team's 7-6 win over the Royals.

Konerko, who will continue to see an increase in playing time with Jose Abreu on the disabled list, put his team up 7-6 in the fifth inning with his two-run blast. The runs would be the last scored by either side on the night. Konerko, who entered the game 0 for 13 over his last six appearances, has hit .196/.242/.357 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 56 at-bats.


Paul Konerko smacks first home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko went 1 for 4 Saturday and hit his first home run of the season in his team's 4-3 loss to the Diamondbacks.

Konerko, who hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to bring his team within one run, has been limited to spot duty with the emergence of Jose Abreu as the team's best hitter. Konerko has hit .256/.302/.410 with seven RBI in just 39 at-bats.


Paul Konerko drives in three with pair of doubles


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2014) White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko continues to wait for his first home run of the season, but he managed to make a big impact with his bat Wednesday, in an 8-3 win over the Cubs.

Konerko drove in three runs with a pair of doubles, just his second and third of the season. He also scored once, while going 2 for 3 with a walk in the game.

Konerko is hitting just .257/.308/.343 in 35 at-bats this season.  


Paul Konerko working on new role as part-timer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) It took White Sox designated hitter Paul Konerko 20 days and 16 at-bats to get his second hit of the season. But he has begun to adjust to his new professional life as mostly a pinch-hitter.

"I've played a million games. I've been playing for a long time," he explained to MLB.com. "But you know this role here, no matter how many games you played before or where you are at, it's always a little bit of an adjustment. It still is.

"There are some things that happen just in talking to guys who have done it before, you go out and feel good. Your eyes tell you what to do and you are doing everything right and everything doesn't end up going right. That's normal ... you have to practice it."

That practice has begun to pay off for Konerko, who has four hits in his last six at-bats, including a double.


Trio of White Sox make 2014 starting debut Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) The White Sox placed designated hitter Paul Konerko, outfielder Dayan Viciedo and catcher Adrian Nieto in the starting lineup Saturday for the first time this season.

The right-handed batters have been included to combat Royals southpaw starter Bruce Chen.


Paul Konerko chooses to not start Monday's opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) White Sox first baseman/DH Paul Konerko will not be in the starting lineup Monday against the Twins. It will be the first time since 1998 that Konerko has not been in the team's starting lineup.

Konerko was offered the chance to start, but he talked manager Robin Ventura out of the idea since Konerko felt it was best for the team he should not start, according to ESPN.


Paul Konerko scratched with stomach issue


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2014) White Sox designated hitter Paul Konerko has been scratched from Sunday's game due to a stomach issue, according to MLB.com.

He'll be replaced in the lineup by Mike McDade. Konerko will likely rest for a few days, but should return to action. He's expected to be a part-time designated hitter with the club this season.

Konerko hit .244/.313/.355 in 467 at-bats last year.


Paul Konerko embracing new role with White Sox


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) Veteran Paul Konerko sees himself as a mentor for young players as much as he does a player, according to CSNChicago.com.

Konerko has lost his starting job with the White Sox to Cuban signee Jose Abreu and will likely serve as designated hitter only against left-handed pitching with Adam Dunn in the lineup against righties. But Konerko claims he is OK with that.

"Four years from now, if this team is a good team year in and year out ... to know I had a hand in that to help some of these guys along that will make me feel good when I'm playing golf somewhere," he said.


Paul Konerko confirms this is it


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2014) White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko confirmed this will be his final season, according to FoxSports.com.

Konerko said his wife "laid down the law," and this will be his final season. The 37-year-old will take on a limited role during his last year in the majors. Konerko hit .244 in 467 at-bats last season.


Terms of Paul Konerko's deal now known


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/4/2013) MLB.com reports that Paul Konerko's one-year deal with the White Sox will be for $2.5 million. A portion of his salary will be deferred.

Initial reports of Konerko reaching an agreement to return to the White Sox surfaced Wednesday morning.


Paul Konerko to return to White Sox


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/4/2013) FOXSports.com reports that first baseman Paul Konerko will re-sign with the White Sox. The 37-year-old was contemplating retirement, but he will return for a 16th season in Chicago.

At a minimum, Konerko will lose playing time, as the White Sox signed first baseman Jose Abreu to a six-year, $68 million deal this offseason.


Paul Konerko to make decision before Winter Meetings


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2013) White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko will tell the team whether he'll return prior to the start of the Winter Meetings, according to ESPN Chicago.

Konerko has been contemplating retirement, and has yet to make a decision about his future. If he decides to come back, the White Sox will find a spot for him on their roster. The team brought in first baseman Jose Abreu during the offseason, and already employ Adam Dunn, so there might be a roster crunch if Konerko returns. The 37-year-old hit .244/.313/.355 in 467 at-bats. 


Paul Konerko likely to make decision before winter meetings


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/20/2013) ESPN.com reports that the White Sox expect free agent first baseman Paul Konerko to decide whether he will play for them in 2014 before the beginning of the annual winter meetings on Dec. 9. General manager Rick Hahn and manager Robin Ventura met with Konerko earlier this month to offer him a spot on the team's roster.

Konerko has stated previously if he returns to play for the White Sox or another team, it will be for only one more season.


White Sox unsure if Paul Konerko will return


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2013) The White Sox are still unsure if first baseman Paul Konerko will return, according to Comcast Sportsnet. 

The team has said Konerko is welcome back, and will have a role if he chooses to return. Team owner Jerry Reinsdorf told a Chicago radio station he has no idea if Konerko will play in 2014. 

"It’s truly Paul’s option. He has earned the right to come back if he wants to come back. He’s been the most popular player over the last 15 years that we’ve had. … He’s basically a White Sox lifer. He’s a terrific teammate. He’s our captain and he just has to make a decision whether he wants to come back or not."

It's unclear what Konerko's role would be if he comes back. The club signed Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu during the offseason, and already have Adam Dunn slotted at designated hitter. Konerko said in September that he would be willing to return in a part-time role, but only with the White Sox.


Paul Konerko met with White Sox last week


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2013) Free-agent first baseman Paul Konerko met with White Sox general manager Rick Hahn last week, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Hahn is still waiting for Konerko to decide whether he wants to return for another season. The White Sox would likely try to work out a deal with the 37-year-old, even though they signed Jose Abreu in the offseason. Konerko hit .244/.313/.355 in 467 at-bats.


Paul Konerko, Gavin Floyd hit the market


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/6/2013) In addition to first baseman Paul Konerko, who is a possiblity to return even with the signing of Cuban defector Jose Dariel Abreu, White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd has filed for free agency.

White Sox could still bring back Paul Konerko


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/29/2013) Even with Jose Abreu in the fold, the White Sox could still bring back Paul Konerko, according to ESPN.

General manager Rick Hahn said the team has remained in contact with Konerko through the Abreu signing, and added that there was still a role for the veteran. Konerko still hasn't decided whether he will play a 16th season. He hit .244/.313/.355 in 467 at-bats. 


Paul Konerko not sure what his future holds


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/29/2013) White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko said he was unsure about his status with the team after they signed Cuban Jose Abreu, according to the Chicago Tribune

Konerko was expected to take some time to think about whether he would return for a 16th season. He said he would meet with the club to discuss a potential role with Abreu in the fold. Konerko added that he's stayed away from baseball since the season ended, and added that he still hasn't made a decision on whether he'll return. 

Konerko hit .244/.313/.355 in 467 at-bats. 


Paul Konerko to take a month to decide on 2014 status


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2013) White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko is expected to weigh his options for a month before deciding on whether or not to return for the 2014 season, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

"You come in, you have a way you want to work and a vision of how the season is going to go," Konerko told the Sun-Times Friday. "Pretty much all of that was destroyed as the season went [down] piece by piece. But one of the things I did want to do, no matter how the season was going to turn out, was to go home after it and take a month off and get away from it. I didn’t know what I’d be getting away from, but that was definitely something I wanted to do."

Konerko would be willing to fill a reserve role next season if he returns, but only with the White Sox. He has hit .245/.314/.356 with 12 home runs and 54 RBI in 466 at-bats.


Paul Konerko goes yard in return


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2013) White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, who fouled a pitch off his right knee Tuesday and missed Wednesday's game, returned to action Thursday night against the Royals.

Konerko made his impact with a solo home run in the second inning. He finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI in a 3-2 defeat. He is hitting .248/.316/.361 in 460 at-bats.

Paul Konerko out due to knee issue


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2013) White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko fouled a pitch off his right knee Tuesday and missed Wednesday's game due to the ailment, MLB.com reports. 

"It's kind of embarrassing fouling a ball off of your back knee," said a smiling Konerko. "You know, that's something you don't want to do. Your front leg is always in play. But your back leg, not too happy about that. That hurts more than the actual pain."

Konerko said he expects to play in one of Chicago's final four games at home over the weekend against the Royals. 

"It will be fine," Konerko said. "I'll get back out there, I'm sure. It's not something I'm going to have to attend to or anything after we are done."