Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko rubs his head after being elbowed by Kansas City Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson (not pictured) at U.S. Cellular Field. Credit: David Banks-US PRESSWIRE
The White Sox first baseman was hit in the head accidentally by a flying elbow Tuesday night, and now has a mild concussion.
White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko did not play in Wednesday night's 2-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals. It's not unusual for players to get rest from time to time, but there was a different reason for Konerko's sitting out, an injury suffered in a weird way. Bruce Levine:
Konerko suffered the injury when he was hit in the side of the head by the elbow of Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson in the seventh inning on Tuesday.
"Paulie has what is described as a mild concussion, so he was out tonight and he will rest tomorrow (the White Sox are off) and get re-evaluated on Friday," said manager Robin Ventura after the Royals' 2-1 victory on Wednesday.
Major League Baseball now has a seven-day disabled list for players who have the aftereffects of concussions, so they can rest for a while without being DL'ed for the full 15 days of the regular disabled list.
Konerko is having a fine season, hitting .316/.388/.504 with 18 home runs in 101 games and making his sixth All-Star team.