Paul Konerko could miss multiple days after being hit above left eye with pitch


No surprise here, but Paul Konerko is out of the starting lineup for the White Sox tonight against the Cubs, one day after he was hit in the face by a pitch from right-hander Jeff Samardzija.

Initial tests came back clean aside from a cut and swelling above his left eye, but Chuck Garfien of reports that his eye is now “swollen shut” and he might have to miss “more than a couple games.”

Adam Dunn was originally expected to play left field this weekend with the DH unavailable under National League rules, but he’ll fill in at first base with Konerko out of the lineup. Dayan Viciedo, who has hit safely in five straight games, will play in his usual spot in left field.

Konerko, 36, is hitting .367/.453/.604 with eight home runs, 23 RBI and a 1.058 OPS over his first 161 plate appearances this year.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.