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Konerko starts rehab assignment
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 7/5/2008 12:33 AM

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On track to come off the disabled list on Tuesday and play against the Kansas City Royals, White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko (strained left oblique) started his rehabilitation assignment with Class AAA Charlotte in Friday night's 2-1 loss to Durham.

Playing for the first time since June 14, Konerko batted third for the Knights and was 2-for-3 with a walk.

Konerko, who is on the disabled list for the first time in his career, is batting .215 with 8 home runs and 30 RBI in 62 games with the Sox this season.

"Hopefully, he doesn't have any setbacks,'' White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said of Konerko. "I expect him to be back Tuesday and hopefully he gets here and helps us get to where we want to get. (Friday's) a big game because hopefully he feels good tomorrow. With all the stuff he was doing here, he should be fine.''

Jenks update: Bobby Jenks is still experiencing some pain behind his left shoulder blade, but the Sox' closer should be able to pitch either today or Sunday.

"Getting better," said Jenks, who last pitched Sunday against the Cubs.

Manager Ozzie Guillen talked with Jenks before Friday night's game against the A's.

"He said he's 90 percent better,'' Guillen said. "Hermie (trainer Herm Schneider) is pretty optimistic. I don't think he's going to go on the DL, unless something drastic happens when he pitches. Right now, we feel comfortable with the progress he's making.''

Back for more: After giving shortstop Orlando Cabrera a break the night before, Juan Uribe replaced second baseman Alexei Ramirez on Friday night.

When Paul Konerko comes off the disabled list next week, there is a chance Uribe will be traded or designated for assignment.

For now, Ozzie Guillen is trying his best to give Uribe some playing time.

"It's not fair for him to just play one game and then all of the sudden he's not playing for two weeks,'' Guillen said. "If we've got him here, we should start playing him more often. Uribe knows the people I have on the field are playing good enough to be in the lineup.''