The Chicago White Sox designated hitter Paul Konerko is set to retire from the MLB after this season. However, he has a fracture in the sesamoid bone in his left hand. His retirement may come a little sooner than he would like it to. He will probably miss all of next week, but the White Sox hope he can be back before the end of the season.
Robin Ventura has descried the injury as day-to-day because he hopes that Konerko can end his career on the field rather than on the bench. Also, it would be good for Konerko if he stays away from baseball activities so that he does not do any more damage to the fracture.
"He's not real happy because this is a bad time for it to happen," Ventura said. "It is Paul Konerko Month, after all. It's painful, but the trainers have told him he can't do any more damage to it by playing. As soon as the pain becomes manageable, he'll resume baseball activities, but it will probably take a week."
For 2014, Konerko has compiled a slash line of .220/.272/.344 with 5 homers and 22 runs batted in.
While in the league, Konerko has slashed .279/.355/.488 with 439 home runs and 1,412 RBI's in this 18-year career. He also made six All-Star teams. Many may argue his Hall-of-Fame status.