White Sox place Paul Konerko on 7-day concussion DL

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer
The White Sox will be without Paul Konerko for a while. (Getty Images)

Although Paul Konerko's post-concussion symptoms are improving, the White Sox have taken the prudent step of placing him on the seven-day DL, reports Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com.

As Matt previously wrote, Konerko sustained the injury on Tuesday when Jarrod Dyson of the Royals accidentally elbowed him in the head. Konerko had trouble sleeping that same night, and a Friday examination led to the decision to deactivate him. "He seems fine," manager Robin Ventura told Hayes and other reporters. "But again, in talking to him and him having to go play is two different things. As far as being nauseated, it's not as bad as the other day but he does feel it. He does have all the symptoms of a concussion."

Obviously, the first and foremost concern is with Konerko and his health. There's no such thing as a non-serious concussion, and, as players like Brian Roberts and Justin Morneau have proved, the effects of such an injury can linger for an alarmingly long time. The hope, of course, is that Konerko doesn't suffer as they did.

On a baseball level, the White Sox will be without one of their most productive hitters. The 36-year-old first baseman is hitting .316/.388/.504 this season with 18 homers and 17 doubles. Konerko won't be able to return to the active roster until the team physician and Major League Baseball have cleared him to play, so it's possible his stay on the DL will last longer than the minimum.

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