If he's asked this weekend at SoxFest whether 2013 could be his final season, Paul Konerko might not have an answer.
Konerko, 36, enters the final season of a three-year contract coming off left wrist surgery. Manager Robin Ventura already said at the winter meetings that he plans to play Adam Dunn more at first base and employ Konerko more as a designated hitter to preserve his strength.
That could extend Konerko's longevity. He's expected to be fully recovered from surgery when the Sox hold their first full-squad workout on Feb. 17.
Konerko might have raised the bar too high when he was batting .399 on May 27. He batted only .265 and hit 15 home runs the rest of the way.
Konerko repeatedly declined to use his wrist as an excuse for his slide, even though he had a loose fragment flushed from the wrist June 5 — one week after his slide started.
Extra innings: Second baseman Gordon Beckham was added to the list of players who will attend SoxFest. ... Left-hander Hector Santiago has been working out in the Newark, NJ., area with new teammate and longtime friend Trevor Reckling, who underwent left shoulder surgery last September that Reckling described as a ''cleanup.'' Reckling, 23, was a former top prospect in the Angels organization but is destined to start 2013 in the minors.
Konerko entering pivotal season
Chicago Tribune | Jan 22