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Paul Konerko Injury Update: White Sox Slugger Could Be Available By Tuesday

The Chicago White Sox may have their slugging first baseman back soon. According to Chicago Tribune, 1B Paul Konerko is poised for a Tuesday return after Friday's hit-by-pitch in the face:

"Once I knew that what I was seeing was the swelling, not something wrong with my eyeball …" Konerko said. "As soon as I knew that was the case, it really wasn't even that painful. You just know you can't see clearly out of it. It's more frustrating in that sense because at that point everything else feels great. There's nothing wrong with you, it's just kind of you have one eye and you can't play with one eye."

Konerko was hit on Friday by a 2-2 breaking ball from Chicago Cubs SP Jeff Samardzija -- who throws one of the hardest fastballs in the league at 95 mph. Samardzija later said the hit was not intentional.

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