Watching the White Sox struggle this season has been hard enough on the fans. Imagine how taxing it has been for veteran slugger Paul Konerko who may be winding up his brilliant career this year. "It's the toughest I've ever seen. I've never experienced anything like this" Konerko said as the Sox fell to 28 games below .500 on Sunday. "You want to try to experience everything throughout your career but this is one I wish we would have dodged. It's not fun. I've been lucky in my whole time I've been here that we've always kind of been in it or right up until the end of August at the worst if not into September. "There was one year I think in '07 where we were out of it. But that was a little different because we had a bunch of injuries. Even the guys who stepped in for the guys who got hurt got hurt. It was just a different thing then because we just didn't have our team from June on so that's kind of a free pass there. "This one we had our team we had what we wanted from the get-go … a couple injuries here and there but nothing too bad. It reduces everything to you. You have to really figure out something to get yourself going pick out something to drive you through that day. Usually when you have a chance to win you're scoreboard watching a little bit that kind of gets you through a lot of days and that just doesn't exist." Delayed reaction: As expected the Sox acquired infielder Leury Garcia as the player to be named later in Friday's Alex Rios trade with Texas. Garcia 22 is hitting .264 with four home runs 19 RBIs 12 stolen bases and 31 runs scored in 47 games with Triple-A Round Rock. He has made 42 appearances at shortstop and five in center field. "There's a possibility he winds up in a super utility role" general manager Rick Hahn said. "He has the defensive ability to be an everyday shortstop or second baseman. It's going to come down to how much he hits ultimately to dictate his role. There's little question he's ready defensively to contribute at the big league level. His bat has to fully develop."
White Sox's struggles tough on Konerko
Chicago Tribune | Aug 12