White Sox slugger Paul Konerko is expected to be ready for the start of spring training after undergoing surgery Thursday to remove loose debris from his left wrist.

Konerko, 36, who batted .298 with 26 home runs and 76 RBIs, was released from Rush University Medical Center following the procedure and is expected to return to his North Scottsdale, Ariz., home Friday.

Sutures will be removed from his wrist in seven to 10 days, and then he will be re-examined by a team hand and wrist specialist in Glendale, Ariz.

The operation was performed by Mark Cohen, the Sox's hand and wrist specialist, with help from John Fernandez and Charles Bush-Joseph of Midwest Orthopedics at Rush.

Opening for Stone? Sox television analyst Steve Stone is expected to be on a very short list of candidates in Arizona, according to a source, after the Diamondbacks announced that neither television play-by-play announcer Daron Sutton nor analyst Mark Grace will return in 2013.

Stone is in the midst of a multi-year contract with the Sox, but he could be allowed to forgo the final years of his contract should a more lucrative offer surface elsewhere. Stone lives in Arizona in the off-season and is widely popular.

Cubs TV analyst Bob Brenly, who managed the Diamondbacks to a 2001 World Series title and lives in North Scottsdale in the winter, also could be considered. Brenly's contract ends this season.