White Sox Konerko said wrist has healed


Paul Konerkos wrist surgery and recovery has gone so well hes a little frustrated he didnt have it done earlier.

The White Sox slugger, who begins his 15th season with the club, said Friday his surgically repaired left wrist hasnt hindered an offseason hitting program that began earlier this month. Konerko feels lucky because he knew almost immediately hed heal quickly, enough to where he played golf within two weeks of the Oct. 4 procedure.

Had he known how easily the procedure was, Konerko --- who hit .298 with 26 homers and 75 RBIs in 144 games last season --- thinks he might have had it performed earlier. The first basemandesignated hitter contemplated having the surgery done the previous offseason and said it bothered him for a week in June until he had a minor procedure.

There was no way of knowing that until we went in there and got it out, Konerko said. But within 10-12 days after the surgery, I felt like I could have played in a game. So that was frustrating in one sense. I wish I would have done it earlier, which was probably my own fault.

"But there was no way of knowing what was going to happen when they went in. It could have been three months. Had to dig in there for what they were looking. It is what it is. Its done. I havent had any discomfort or pain, other than at the beginning with the actual scar under the skin that had to heal up.

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