CHICAGO -- White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko was scratched from Tuesday's starting lineup, and replaced by Brent Lillibridge in the 9-5 loss to the Blue Jays. Konerko had a procedure in which a chronically loose fragment in his left wrist is flushed to a less painful spot, which is the same procedure Konerko had done at this time last season.
Manager Robin Ventura believes Konerko could be ready for Wednesday's game, although he missed two games last year after they worked on his left wrist.
"Nothing. It's happened before," said Ventura, when asked about the severity. "They took care of it today."
With Konerko out of action, Dayan Viciedo moved to the cleanup spot in the White Sox order.
Konerko, who is 1-for-16 over his last four games, was given a rare day off on Sunday and then was able to double up that rest with Monday's scheduled off-day. This unplanned third day of rest should give the White Sox captain and first baseman a renewed freshness when he returns to action.
"Yeah, your body always feels better," said Konerko, speaking to the media before he was scratched. "It gets to cool down for a couple of days. I think over the last year or so it has worked out well. We'll see.
"Sometimes it's not immediate, but you kind of feel [better] more during the week. Sometimes it is immediate. You put in a good day's work and get back out there."
Danks headed for at least one rehab start
CHICAGO -- The current plan in place for John Danks is to throw another all-out bullpen session on Wednesday and then embark on what most likely will be one Minor League rehab start to fully test his left-shoulder strain.
Danks threw all of his pitches and let it loose at full speed during a Sunday bullpen session and reported no ill-effects.
"Yeah, I felt fine, which is positive," said Danks, who was placed on the disabled list retroactive to May 20. "I feel a lot better. So far, so good."
Jose Quintana officially received the start in Danks' place on Wednesday against the Blue Jays, followed by Jake Peavy and then Gavin Floyd, Chris Sale on five days' rest and Philip Humber against the Astros. Depending on the time of his rehab assignment, Danks could slide back into the rotation next weekend in Los Angeles against the Dodgers or during the following home series facing the Cubs.
All of Danks' present focus, though, is on Wednesday's bullpen session.
"We don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves," Danks said. "I'm hoping tomorrow goes well and I'm hoping to get out sometime after that, and I'm at the mercy of them handing me the ball from that point. All I can do is try to keep working and get better.
"It's been long enough now that I need to get out there and get in a game. I'd imagine I'd go on a rehab start. Hopefully everything goes well tomorrow and it will be soon after that. I got to wait for the official word."