September has not been very kind to the Chicago White Sox thus far. They've lost five of their eight games in the month, but the Twins haven't been playing much better, so they still hold on to a tenuous one game lead in the AL Central. It's a lead that is getting harder to hold onto everyday.
First the Sox lost Joe Crede again, probably for the season, with inflammation in his troublesome back, and then the team received a swift kick to the stomach when they found out they'd also be without Carlos Quentin for the season. Now, because things just aren't going bad enough, the Pale Hose are going to be without Paul Konerko for a while after he had a Tom Brady moment on Tuesday night.
[The White Sox] lost Paul Konerko for at least a few games after X-rays showed he suffered a sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.
"I never have done anything like that and felt something move out of place for a second and back," Konerko said in describing the pain after he slipped and hurt his knee on the wet infield grass while he was making a throw to second base in a rundown in the second game.
"It was scary. That's all I could think about when I was on the ground. Is that what it feels like when you blow your knee out?"
Konerko is scheduled to undergo an MRI today.
Now if the Paul Konerko that got hurt had been the same Paul Konerko that spent the first four months of the season fighting to maintain a .200 batting average, this wouldn't be so bad for the Sox. The problem is that Paulie hit .333 with 4 homers and 12 RBI in August, and is hitting .400 with two homers in September.
Now somebody else will have to step up to fill the void and try to hold off the Minnesota Twins.