Konerko, wrist ready for Sox's exhibition opener
Feb 23, 2013 (Chicago Tribune - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Paul Konerko hasn't thought much about his surgically repaired left wrist that he will test in a game for the first time since undergoing off-season surgery to remove a loose particle.
"I don't even think about it," said Konerko, who will play first base and bat cleanup Saturday in the Chicago White Sox's exhibition opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch. "Until you asked, I hadn't even thought about it since I've been here.
"It's good. It's nice to know I don't have to worry about something getting lodged in there because it was always fine when it was out of there. There always was that concern that one move would make it go in.
Konerko had found the benefits of more than just swinging pain-free since the Oct. 4 procedure.
"It's nice, just not for baseball, but everyday life," Konerko said. "Any time that you were using your hand, where you felt like you promote that chip moving into the (joint), it's not there anymore. It's nice not to have that. It's nice in the weight room that I can either do (workouts) now that I had stayed away from or would bother me a little bit. I don't have that problem anymore."
Konerko said he resumed hitting after Christmas.
Here is the Sox's lineup against left-hander Clayton Kershaw:
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