White Sox veteran Paul Konerko has hit 434 home runs in his 17-year career and he still considers the feat "the best feeling in sports probably."

Whether he retires after this season or not Konerko's days of experiencing that rush are numbered so he reflected on the joy of knocking a solo home run to left field Thursday night in a 3-2 loss to the Royals at U.S. Cellular Field.

"You always feel great about it" Konerko said. "Every player whether you hit a lot of home runs or (few) home runs it's like the best feeling.

"I attacked that one the right way to put it in the air and get it going. I just haven't done that a lot this year."

Konerko whose contract with the Sox expires after this season has not revealed whether the series against the Royals this week will be the last of his career but he is expected to address the subject — if not reveal a decision — in a group media session Friday.

The Sox captain was back in the lineup Thursday after he missed Wednesday's loss to the Indians with a bruised right knee suffered when he fouled a pitch off his kneecap.