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Paul Konerko Injury: White Sox First Baseman Expected To Play Friday

Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, who was diagnosed with a concussion last Wednesday and placed on the seven-day DL on Friday, is expected to return for this weekend's series against Kansas City.

Manager Robin Ventura has said since Konerko was cleared to work out earlier this week, he'd play the first baseman at DH if he was cleared to play. That stands as the plan moving forward. According to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times, Konerko is expected to DH for at least his first game or two back in the lineup, before returning to the field.

Ventura didn't seem overly enthusiastic about Konerko's chances earlier this week, saying that whether he plays or not will depend on how the first baseman feels after working out. Ventura was much more upbeat on Wednesday, however, stating that "everything is looking pretty good" and that Konerko should be able to play when he meets the team in Kansas City on Friday.

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