White Sox activate Paul Konerko from the disabled list

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Paul Konerko is off the disabled list after missing essentially the past month with a lower back strain. Konerko was actually activated from the DL on July 2, but aggravated the back injury in his first game and went right back on the shelf.

This time around manager Robin Ventura plans to use Konerko regularly at designated hitter in an effort to keep him healthy, so he may end up splitting first base duties with Adam Dunn. He went 4-for-10 during a brief minor-league rehab assignment at Triple-A.

Before the DL stint(s) Konerko was having the worst season of his career at age 37, hitting just .249 with seven homers and a .682 OPS in 67 games, which represents a 175-point drop in OPS compared to last season.

Howie Kendrick to undergo an MRI after exiting game with a serious leg injury

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Update, 7:49 PM ET: The Nationals placed Howie Kendrick on the 10-day disabled list with a right Achilles injury. In a corresponding move, right-hander Jefry Rodriguez was recalled from Double-A Potomac.

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Nationals left fielder Howie Kendrick was removed from the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Dodgers after injuring his right leg. In the eighth inning, Kendrick tracked a Max Muncy sac fly to the wall, but landed strangely on his right leg and fell to the ground. Unable to put weight on it, he was forced to exit the field on a cart and was sent to undergo an MRI soon afterward, the results of which have yet to be revealed.

While the Nationals have not specified the nature or severity of Kendrick’s injury, Martinez revealed that it’s located in the “lower part” of the outfielder’s leg and appears to be quite severe. He’ll likely be placed on the 10-day disabled list in the next couple of days, though the recovery process could take even longer.

Prior to the incident, Kendrick was off to a hot start this season. Entering Saturday’s doubleheader, he carried a batting line of .302/.331/.477 with 18 extra-base hits and an .808 OPS in 157 plate appearances. He went 1-for-3 on Saturday with a base hit in the seventh inning. Andrew Stevenson subbed in for Kendrick following the injury and has been tabbed to start in left field for the second game of the doubleheader at 8:05 PM ET.