While first baseman Paul Konerko was cleared Monday to begin working out, he will not be rushed back into the lineup, no matter how much the White Sox need him.

And yes, they need that bat in the cleanup hole where it has produced 18 homers and 54 RBIs this season.

"It's a big part of your lineup, and for us, you just try to fill in until you get him back," manager Robin Ventura said. "You're not as good without him in it."