White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko told Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago on Sunday that he will undergo surgery in the offseason to remove a “floating bone fragment” from his left hand.
“It is something I need to take care of,” said the veteran. “I don’t feel it has impacted anything I’ve done this year. It is just time to get it out of the way.”
Konerko has posted a cool .297/.369/.483 batting line with 25 home runs and 72 RBI in 142 games this season. The recovery range for the surgery is four to six weeks, so he should be fine by the spring.
The 36-year-old is under contract with the Pale Hose in 2013 for a salary of $13.5 million.
You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.
The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.
Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.