Chicago White Sox's Paul Konerko Hit in Face with Pitch Against Chicago Cubs

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 18:  Paul Konerko #14 of the Chicago White Sox is hit in the face by a pitch in the third inning against the Chicago Cubs on May 18 2012 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. Konerko had to leave the game.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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Michael NargiSenior Analyst IMay 18, 2012

The Chicago White Sox series against the Chicago Cubs took an ugly twist on Friday afternoon. After Paul Konerko blasted a home run off Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija, Samardzija threw a slider that got away and drilled Konerko in the face.

Konerko fell to the ground in obvious pain and appeared to have a cut and swelling around his left eye. Konerko left the field holding a towel to his eye and was sent to undergo further tests, according to a tweet by's David Kaplan:

Paul Konerko has a laceration above his left eye. There is swelling and he is undergoing further tests.

— David Kaplan (@thekapman) May 18, 2012

Although Konerko hit a home run in his first at-bat of the afternoon, this did not appear to be an intentional act by Samardzija. It was a slider that slipped out of his hand and happened to collide with Konerko in a very bad location.

Samardzija walked toward the plate after Konerko went to the ground, showing obvious concern for Konerko's well-being.

It might not have been intentional, but the White Sox felt the need to respond by throwing at the Cubs' Bryan LaHair later on. Both teams were warned, setting up a very interesting weekend in Chicago.


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