06/24/08 11:35 PM ET
Konerko close to rehab stint
If progress continues, slugger will begin Minors assignment
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
Konerko was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 17, with the move being made retroactive to June 15, due to a strained left oblique muscle. It was Konerko's first break due to injury in his long and storied career.
As of Tuesday, Konerko was taking dry swings. He is scheduled to hit off of a tee on Wednesday, followed by a tee and flip drills on Thursday, flips on Friday and possible batting practice on Saturday, according to the White Sox. The team entered Tuesday with a 3-3 record in Konerko's absence.
But Loaiza's program was changed in order to have him better geared toward relief work. Instead of having Loaiza throw three-to-five innings per appearance, he's now going to throw two innings more often. He'll have two innings and then two days off, followed by two innings and one day off.
According to reports received by manager Ozzie Guillen, the desired velocity increase from Loaiza was not present in his last appearance for Triple-A Charlotte.
"If the velocity doesn't come up, it's going to be tough for him to come up, to be honest with you," said Guillen of Loaiza, who is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in two games and six innings during his rehab stint. "I would like to see more velocity and see more out of him, because to be honest with you, I can't really use him.
"He needs to get better. He needs to get healthier and better. I worry about velocity and location. That's the things were looking for. It's not there yet."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.