White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko has been bothered by discomfort in his left wrist for several days now and finally underwent X-rays on Saturday night to rule out the possibility of structural damage.
According to Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago, the X-ray results turned up “normal” and Konerko is not expected to miss a significant amount of time.
Konerko was lifted from Saturday’s 6-0 defeat of the Mariners before his spot in the batting order rolled around in the ninth inning and White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen spoke to the media about the situation after the game:
“He’s had that for a little while,” said Guillen. “Something locked there. He took one swing and [he aggravated it]. It was unnecessary to go that last at-bat.”
Konerko, 35, is batting .295/.362/.516 with eight home runs and 27 RBI in 33 games this season.
UPDATE: Jeff Passan of Yahoo reports that the Braves are expected to lose as many as 12 players as a result of the sanctions, plus they’ll suffer significant restrictions on international signings for the next four years, plus they will lose a draft pick in next year’s draft.
2:46PM: Major League Baseball is expected to announce its sanctions against the Atlanta Braves for their international signing violations as early as this afternoon. Earlier today a handful of reports came out suggesting what at least part of those penalties will entail. Think multiple prospects signed in the last year or two.
Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that shortstop Kevin Maitan, catcher Abrahan Gutierrez, second baseman Yunior Severino and righthander Juan Contreras — the Braves top four international signees of 2016 — will all become restricted free agents, but it is not clear what the restrictions will be. Maitan, it should be noted, was the number one ranked international prospect in all of baseball last year. Severino was the eighth-ranked, Gutierrez the 15th-ranked and Conrearas the 41st-ranked.
In addition to losing prospects, there will likewise be financial penalties and, most likely, future signing restrictions. The severity of these penalties suggest that, whatever the specifics of the violations MLB has found to have been committed by the Braves, they are unprecedented in scope and severity.