In a span of four months, the discussion involving Paul Konerko went from his Hall of Fame candidacy to what happened after May 27 — including a frustrating final two weeks of 2012. Despite his mercurial season, Konerko finished with a .298 batting average. Only Prince Fielder (.313) and Adrian Gonzalez (.300) had higher averages among American League first basemen. And with 26 home runs, Konerko was fourth at his position in the AL behind only Edwin Encarnacion (42), Albert Pujols and Fielder (30 each). Konerko was one hit away from hitting .300 for the third consecutive year, yet his batting average was 15 points higher than his career average, and he hit at least 26 home runs for the fourth consecutive season and for the eighth time in the last nine seasons. Konerko was quick to undergo surgery on his left wrist to remove a loose particle that had nagged him infrequently the last two seasons. The procedure, performed last week, was deemed a success, and Konerko should be ready for the start of spring training in mid-February.