Monday, June 16, 2008

Update Brightens Paul Konerko's Outlook

An updated report on the condition of White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko considerably brightens his outlook for avoiding the disabled list, as his injury is now described as an intercostal muscle strain rather than an oblique.

Because of the difference in function between the two types of rib muscles, an oblique strain might have pointed to a need for several weeks of rest, whereas the intercostal muscle injury could mean as little as a few days, according to medical experts.

Still, it will be up to Konerko to tell when and if he can return to play, his decision based on how much pain he must endure. Disabled status remains a possibility.

Konerko sustained the injury in the batting cage during pregame practice Sunday, and is listed as day-to-day. He is to be re-evaluated Tuesday. Konerko sustained another, entirely different muscle strain in his back about two years ago, and missed only two games.

Konerko is commonly regarded by insiders to be psychologically indisposed to miss time for any reason.