We can only hope that things go as well for the White Sox captain as they did the last time a pesky bone fragment worked its way into the joint. Konerko explained to Scott Merkin of MLB.com what the problem seems to be.
When you bend your wrist, there's a joint there that hinges. Somehow, when it hinges open, this thing slides in sometimes and we just get it out. It's not too far away from it, that's the thing; you can only move it. But it's just out.
Last year, when we had it done, it was almost to the day. It was June 3 last year, and yesterday was June 5. It was good the rest of the year. It just hung out and never got in there again. That's what we're hoping here.
Konerko had the fragment flushed from the joint into a less painful spot. As it has this week, the procedure has kept him out of the lineup for a couple of games. That's because of the pain and swelling that comes from multiple needles being injected into the joint in order to flush out the chip.
Konerko has been out for the first two games of Chicago's series with Toronto, both of which ended with the White Sox on the losing side of the ledger. However, if Konerko has free range of motion as he did last year, it shouldn't take him long to get back in a groove.
Konerko was batting .310 last season and on a five-game hitting streak when he underwent the injections. Upon returning to the lineup on June 5, Konerko extended that streak to 13 games. He also hit .350 with nine home runs over the rest of that month.
It's hard to believe that Konerko could actually come back any hotter than his start to the 2012 season. That said, if we take him at his word and the fragment stays out of the joint as it did a year ago, it should not hinder his game.
We felt pretty confident yesterday that it was out. We could see it, and I could feel that it wasn't restricting me anymore. But now all the soreness comes from going in there like that. It's just a matter of getting the soreness out.
In the long term, Konerko has decided that he will undergo offseason surgery after the season to clean out the bone fragment once and for all. Having dealt with it over the last five seasons, it's probably a good idea to address the problem with a more permanent solution.
For now, Konerko is hoping to return to action for the series finale with the Blue Jays on Thursday. Getting the captain back in the lineup will hopefully help the White Sox end their two-game skid and enter interleague action on a winning note.