Konerko undergoes successful wrist surgery
White Sox first baseman has been bothered by loose body since 2008
CHICAGO -- The White Sox announced that first baseman Paul Konerko underwent successful surgery on Thursday morning at RUSH University Medical Center to remove a loose body from his left wrist.
Dr. Mark Cohen, the White Sox hand and wrist specialist, performed the procedure with assistance from Dr. John Fernandez and Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph of Midwest Orthopedics at RUSH.
Konerko was released from the hospital and on Friday will return to his offseason home in Scottsdale, Ariz. Sutures will be removed from his wrist in seven to 10 days, and he then will undergo a follow-up examination by a White Sox hand and wrist specialist in Glendale, Ariz. Konerko is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for the start of Spring Training.
This loose body has bothered Konerko to some extent since 2008, and the White Sox captain spoke of having this surgery as far back as June 6. At that point of the 2012 season, Konerko missed a home game against the Blue Jays to have the fragment flushed to a less painful spot. The 36-year-old missed two games when he had the same painful flushing procedure at the some point one year earlier.
After the 2011 injection, Konerko was not bothered by the bone chip for the remainder of the season. He chose not to have offseason surgery because he felt as if the situation might be under control, but when the chip moved back into the joint during a June 4 off-day, he knew something had to be done.
The White Sox first baseman hit .298 with 26 home runs and 75 RBIs in 144 games this season, his 14th year with the White Sox, including a homer during the White Sox 9-0 victory at Progressive Field on Wednesday. He hit 25-plus home runs for the 10th time in his career and 20 or more for the 13th time, extending his franchise record. Konerko needs one hit to tie Frank Thomas for third place in franchise history with 2,136.
Third to first
Triple-A Charlotte catcher Josh Phegley was awarded a 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award for defensive excellence among Minor League players at his position. The honorees were selected among qualifying players from the 10 domestic-based, full-season Minor Leagues.
For the second time in White Sox history, five players hit 25 homers or more. The players who reached that mark this year were Adam Dunn (41), A.J. Pierzynski (27), Konerko (26), Dayan Viciedo and Alex Rios (25). In 2002, Magglio Ordonez (38), Thomas (28), Konerko (27), Carlos Lee (26) and Jose Valentin (25) also hit 25 or more. The White Sox hit 211 homers as a team, trailing only the Yankees (245) and the Orioles (214).