Paul Konerko wants to return this weekend in some capacity

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White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko has insisted that he’ll return from a fractured bone in his left hand to play again before his scheduled retirement, even if it means doing so at less than 100 percent.

He began that process by taking 30-40 soft-toss swings Saturday and Konerko told Scott Merkin of MLB.com that he’s confident he’ll at least be able to return by this weekend’s series against the Rays.

Konerko hasn’t actually taken any swings against live pitching yet, however, so it’s possible his return to action will be little more than a few cameo appearances. He obviously wants to end his career on the field somehow, injured or not.