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.