Paul Konerko continued to prove that he's a quick healer, and so did the Chicago White Sox, as they avoided a sweep at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Not that Konerko didn't have a say Thursday in Chicago's 4-3 win, returning from a surgery to remove a bone fragment in his left wrist two days earlier than expected and going 2-for-3 with a run and a walk.
Konerko, who had the same procedure done last season at about this same time, had a bone fragment slip into the joint Monday, and he underwent the procedure Tuesday morning. He was hoping to play Tuesday, but once the pain medicine wore off and the soreness set in, he was shut down both Tuesday and Wednesday, with the Sox losing both days.
Konerko reiterated Thursday that he will now have surgery in the offseason to completely remove the fragment.
"It's never entered into the joint playing baseball," Konerko said. "It's always away from the field, like something simple like grabbing something off a table or opening a door.
"I cross my fingers with it. It was my fault, more so, that I didn't get it out last offseason. I wanted to, but I figured it hasn't been in there for four to five months so it's gone, it's not coming back, so we didn't do it. It happened again, so I don't think I'm going to get out of it this time."
According to doctors, when Konerko does have the procedure, he'll have a three- to eight-week recovery. The operation will be done in an offseason in which he enters the final year of his current contract. Konerko will be a free agent after 2013.
What the Sox hope short-term is that the wrist holds up for the remainder of this season, especially with the team trying to turn a summer with low expectations into something possibly very special.
"When you've got a guy who does what he does at the plate, it extends innings," manager Robin Ventura said of his team captain. "It makes people pitch differently -- especially the way he's been swinging prior to him having the wrist thing. It's a big boost for us to get him back and get him in the middle of the lineup."