Despite coming up short in the Final Vote contest, White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko is still going to be on the American League All-Star team. Konerko on Saturday was tabbed to replace the Twins' Justin Morneau, who was voted in as the starter at first base.
Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera will start in place of Morneau, who recently suffered a concussion in a game against Toronto and was advised by doctors to rest while experience the lingering effects.
This will be the fourth All-Star Game appearance for Konerko, who is batting .299 with 20 home runs and 63 RBIs. He went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in Chicago's 5-1 win over the Royals on Saturday.
When Konerko's addition was announced before the top of the third inning -- with the White Sox throwing practice tosses -- the South Side fans responded by giving Konerko a prolonged standing ovation.
"That was cool," Konerko said. "I found out about 10 minutes before the game. Just another good moment at the ballpark that I will remember. The fans have been great the whole year, and they're pumped up now because the team's playing real well.
His 20 home runs are good for the fourth-highest total in the American League, while he ranks fifth in the league in RBIs.
"I think PK knew he was competing against pretty good ones," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Morneau and Miguel Cabrera, you can't be better than that. [Konerko] earned [his selection] and I think he's playing good enough to be there. I think a lot of people were happy about him making the ballclub."
Since Morneau was elected by the fans, it was AL manager Joe Girardi's call to appoint Konerko.
Konerko contends that his feelings would not have been hurt if he did not make the team.
"It's good news, but I really didn't get too emotionally involved," Konerko said. "I've been down this road where I've made teams or didn't make teams. You just have to look at it as a win-win. I did. I never got involved emotionally.
"When I didn't make the team, I wasn't let down, and when I didn't win the vote thing I wasn't let down. You just kind or go with the flow."
Konerko will join teammate Matt Thornton, who was previously chosen by Girardi, on the AL squad.
Louie Horvath is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.