Chicago White Sox slugger Paul Konerko is out of the starting lineup for the second straight game. There is no injury to report, while White Sox manager Robin Ventura insisted that Monday’s absence in the lineup was just to give Konerko a day off to rest.
“It was more scheduled than anything else,” Ventura said before the series opener against the Minnesota Twins, according to WhiteSox.com. “He knew he was going to get one at some point. I guess getting in here late, it just made sense that today was the time.”
Ventura also stated that just because Konerko went 1-for-10 in the series loss against the Los Angeles Angels over the weekend his day off on Monday had nothing to do with the dismal performance. However, one has to wonder if the first baseman/designated hitter’s .214 batting average in 126 at-bats this season has something to do with the a second consecutive day on the bench.
Considering first baseman Adam Dunn is batting .133, obviously much worse than Konerko’s batting average, that theory would not make a lot of sense. On the other hand, maybe Ventura wants to try to get Dunn going at the plate and does not want to take designated hitter Dayan Viciedo out of the lineup. Viciedo is batting .455 (5-for-11) with three RBI, four walks and two runs in his last four games.
With that being said, Dunn and Viciedo went a combined 0-for-6 with three strikeouts and five men left on base in Monday night’s 10-3 loss. One would think Ventura would want to get Konerko back in the lineup just to see if he can help get Chicago back on track.