CHICAGO -- Credit Jake Peavy for maintaining a sense of humor while dealing with his strained right groin and this latest trip to the disabled list.
Peavy said on Friday that he still hoped to miss just one or two starts and knows he has to make a rehab start for Triple-A Charlotte before returning. It will be Peavy's sixth Minor League start overall, factoring in his comeback from surgery last July to reattach his detached lat muscle, and fourth for the Knights.
"I'll try to have a good one [in Charlotte] and make the Triple-A All-Star team," said Peavy, showing off that humor in the face of adversity. "I begged and begged to get out of the Charlotte trip, but [White Sox general manager] Kenny [Williams] just said there's no way.
"He said, 'I know you won't go the same speed in the bullpen as you will in a game.' He said, 'I want to get you into a game, I want you to have to cover first, I want you to exert the same energy you exert at Charlotte before I activate you.' Kenny's the boss. Just do what you're told, you know?"
Almost all of Peavy's present time, from 2-10 p.m., is spent with White Sox head athletic trainer Herm Schneider working on him. He has thrown a little while sitting in a chair, but hopes to get back on the mound if a Monday MRI shows "the bleeding and stuff has gotten out of there."
"You just don't want to take too much time because your arm gets out of shape and you have to work on building your arm up," Peavy said.
Konerko enhances average with power
CHICAGO -- As Paul Konerko moved within 19 home runs of reaching the 400 plateau for his career, the question once again has popped up as to whether Konerko is a pure power hitter or a good hitter who hits home runs.
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen's answer during Friday's pregame media session leads one to believe the White Sox captain features a little bit of both.
"Yes, he is a home run hitter because he did it clean, very clean," said Guillen of his first baseman. "I think Konerko is a great RBI man, he's a great hitter. Home run hitters, you talk about Henry Aaron and all those people who have 600 or 700 home runs. Ken Griffey Jr., all those guys. In the meanwhile, he's a great hitter. He can do a lot of things.
"You get PK with the game on the line and a man on second base and less than two outs, the last thing that goes through his mind is to hit a home run. He's going to try to move that guy over. That's not a home run hitter type of mentality. His 380 home runs, clean, the right way, it's not the guy you see in the streets and say, 'Wow, look at this guy.' That's amazing what he does."
Konerko has launched at least 16 home runs in each of his last 13 seasons, and with four more home runs, he'll have at least 20 in every year but 2003. He's also a career .280 hitter and is putting together his second straight campaign above .300, after hitting .312 in 2010.
In fact, Konerko ranks fifth in the American League with his .321 average, fifth with 16 home runs and second with 51 RBIs. To have those sort of Triple Crown-worthy numbers becomes a bit more amazing when factoring in Konerko's lack of speed and dearth of infield hits.
"That's very hard to do, when you aren't going to beat out that many ground balls," Guillen said. "You don't have that many cheap hits either. Every ball hit is legit. Hopefully, with this weather, he feels better. He has a thumb problem, a wrist problem and never complains about it."Konerko hit a two-run homer in the first inning on Friday and has an extra-base hit in a franchise-record nine straight games.
Walker credited for long-term success
CHICAGO -- In the midst of his praise for Paul Konerko on Friday, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen paused with an interesting look in his eyes and suddenly turned the conversation to hitting coach Greg Walker.
"OK, how about this one. Why does nobody give Greg Walker any credit?" Guillen said. "It's supposedly Greg Walker's fault because of [Adam] Dunn and [Alex] Rios and other guys.
"How about a little love for Greg Walker, saying you've been working for PK for so many years. OK, how about that? Let's talk about Greg Walker and how good he is, not just talking negative about how bad we are."
Konerko is the first one to staunchly credit working with Walker and assistant hitting coach Mike Gellinger for improving his game with the bat. In a recent interview, Walker talked about understanding Konerko's approach and game from working together for nine years. He also praised Konerko's 2010 showing as the first baseman's most complete effort to date.
"And he's doing the same things he did last year," Walker said. "He just has to keep it going the rest of the year. He has narrowed down the things that he thinks about to get ready for a game to a lot smaller size than what it used to be."
Guillen not a fan of jeers
CHICAGO -- When Adam Dunn was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the second inning during Thursday's 9-4 victory over Oakland, it loaded the bases for the White Sox with one out. Manager Ozzie Guillen still didn't appreciate White Sox fans cheering the slumping Dunn getting nailed.
"They clapped, and that hurt my feelings," Guillen said. "How you gonna be happy when somebody gets hit? What, because he gets on base? Well, it's right. He's doing everything he can."
Guillen acknowledged that fans pay their money and have the right to react. He also talked of players needing thick skin to survive the game.In his next at-bat during the third inning, Dunn hit a two-run homer, his sixth of the season.