When Paul Konerko went down in a heap Friday afternoon after being drilled in the face with a pitch, there was a lot emphasis placed on him being able to walk off under his own power, albeit while holding a towel over his eye.
That didn't do much to assuage my primary concern in the wake of last year's Marlon Byrd injury--broken facial bones.
Since then, there's been no talk of X-rays, and it doesn't appear that broken bones were ever a concern. Instead tests for him been of the far more ominous CT scan variety, indicating a fear of a concussion, which doesn't carry the easily projectible recovery time that fractures usually have.
Everything has come back negative, and Konerko's missing time is only be related to having his eye completely swollen shut (he expects to return Tuesday), but the mind wanders to horrible places when the heart of the offense is sidelined.
Hopefully Dayan Viciedo planned to hit like Superman for more than just a week...though I imagine Superman would take more walks.
Morel's balky back
Morel is being held out with back pain for the second-straight game Saturday, and this comes after he missed three games earlier this month. It doesn't appear that the cortisone shot he took is providing long-term relief.
The disabled list seems like a possibility, and it's hard to really view that as a bad thing, because the version of Morel that's been playing through pain is one who should probably lose his starting job.
Eduardo Escobar isn't much, but I'd like his chances to match a .177/.225/.195 (31.2 K%) batting line in full-time play. Hold on, this tweet just crawled across my timeline
The irrepressible ODog says he's going to sign with the White Sox.
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) May 19, 2012
If we were grasping for how to understand just how much Morel has been struggling, acquiring the 34 year-old Orlando Hudson after he was released by the offense-starved Padres should put it in proper perspective. Hudson was hitting .211/.260/.317 in San Diego and last played 3B in 2001...in AAA.
That said, he'll probably hit better than Morel.