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Konerko expects to play tonight
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 9/16/2008 12:03 AM

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NEW YORK - One week after suffering an injury to his right knee that looked like a season-ender, Paul Konerko is expected to be back in the White Sox' lineup tonight against the Yankees.

Konerko did some light hitting at U.S. Cellular Field over the weekend, but he increased the intensity at Yankee Stadium while taking 30 swings in the indoor cage.

"It feels a lot better," said Konerko, who sprained the MCL in his right knee last Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays. "I expect to be back in there (Tuesday)."

Bye, bye Tucson? The White Sox want to move into their new spring-training complex in Glendale, Ariz., in 2009, but they are contractually bound to remain in Tucson until 2012 unless they can present Pima County with a suitable alternative.

The Sox think they came up with one Monday, but it doesn't involve a replacement team. Instead, the Elliott D. Pollack Co. in Scottsdale, Ariz, submitted a study of the economic impact for Tucson if the Sox' current facility was used for amateur baseball tournaments.

According to the report, that would net the region $46 million a year. Pima County estimates the White Sox bring in $10 million a year.

"That's gone to the County Board, and it's gone public and they're going to review it and discuss it," said Scott Reifert, the Sox' vice president of communications. "That proposal got delivered (Monday). Obviously, we're excited about the numbers, and now they've got to move forward."

If and/or when Tucson loses the White Sox, the two other major-league teams in the city - the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies - also plan to move to the Phoenix region.

The Sox are hoping to hear back from Pima County before Thanksgiving.

Mound mystery: The White Sox still have not announced their starting pitchers for Wednesday and Thursday against the Yankees.

Lance Broadway is likely to get the nod Wednesday, but manager Ozzie Guillen wants to wait and see if the right-hander is needed out of the bullpen.

Javier Vazquez, who started Game 1 of a doubleheader against Detroit on Sunday, is likely to come back and pitch Thursday.