With wrist improving, Paul Konerko returns to Chicago lineup

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White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko sat out on both Friday and Saturday after undergoing a minor surgical procedure late last week to remove a loose bone fragment from his left wrist.

He’s back in the lineup Sunday, according to MLB.com’s Scott Merkin, batting cleanup and playing first base vs. the Tigers’ Brad Penny.

Konerko, who turned 35 in March, has posted an impressive .310/.381/.516 batting line this season with 12 home runs, 20 total extra-base hits and 44 RBI through his first 247 plate appearances.

The White Sox enter Sunday’s action with a third place standing in the American League Central, seven games behind the first-place Indians and three-and-a-half games behind second-place Detroit.

Report: Nationals to interview Alex Cora for managerial position

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Nationals will ask to speak with Astros’ bench coach Alex Cora after the American League Championship Series concludes on Saturday. This comes on the heels of the news that club manager Dusty Baker will not be returning to the team in 2018.

Cora, 42, has some experience in the Nationals’ organization. He played for the Nats during his last big league stint in 2011, batting .224/.287/.276 through 91 games before announcing his retirement in the spring of 2012. Per Cafardo, he was also offered a player development gig with the club, but has not appeared in any kind of official role with them since his days as a major league infielder. While he’s been lauded for his leadership skills and strong clubhouse presence, he hasn’t acquired any managerial experience since his retirement, save for a handful of games with the Astros where he filled in for A.J. Hinch.

Despite the appeal of having a familiar face in the dugout, the Nationals aren’t the only ones eyeing Cora. The Astros’ coach has already interviewed with the Tigers, Mets and Red Sox this month. Boston appears to be the current favorite to land him and according to at least one source, may even announce his hiring in advance of the World Series next Tuesday.