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Paul Konerko could miss multiple days after being hit above left eye with pitch

May 19, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

Paul Konerko AP AP

No surprise here, but Paul Konerko is out of the starting lineup for the White Sox tonight against the Cubs, one day after he was hit in the face by a pitch from right-hander Jeff Samardzija.

Initial tests came back clean aside from a cut and swelling above his left eye, but Chuck Garfien of CSNChicago.com reports that his eye is now “swollen shut” and he might have to miss “more than a couple games.”

Adam Dunn was originally expected to play left field this weekend with the DH unavailable under National League rules, but he’ll fill in at first base with Konerko out of the lineup. Dayan Viciedo, who has hit safely in five straight games, will play in his usual spot in left field.

Konerko, 36, is hitting .367/.453/.604 with eight home runs, 23 RBI and a 1.058 OPS over his first 161 plate appearances this year.

  1. hoopmatch - May 19, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    That’s too bad. I was looking forward to watching Adam Dunn’s adventures in left field.

  2. stex52 - May 20, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    One example of why I am so against throwing at players. Even an inadvertent hit like this can cost a guy a week or so, and carries the very near risk of serious injury.

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