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Konerko, Owens rest nagging injuries

Konerko, Owens rest nagging injuries

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Paul Konerko and Jerry Owens didn't get into the lineup Wednesday because both were nursing injuries.

Konerko had been scheduled to DH against the Rockies, but a sore toe forced manager Ozzie Guillen to sit Konerko.

Josh Fields filled in as DH.

Guillen sat Owens, who played Tuesday in Surprise, Ariz., because of lingering soreness in his groin. Guillen said the move was a precaution more than anything else.

"I'm not worried about it but concerned," Guillen said of Owens' injury. "You give him a couple days to recover and the next day he couldn't be in the lineup. It's something I don't want to deal with during the season.

"We have plenty of time. We have two or three weeks to get that thing set."

Guillen said he's mindful of what an injury like that did to Scott Podsednik last season. The speedy Podsednik, one of the stars of the 2005 World Series team, jumped in and out of the White Sox lineup with nagging injuries.

Guillen doesn't want Owens to go through the same thing.

"I'd rather miss him for a couple of days up here than miss him in the season," Guillen said of Owens.

Owens and Konerko, who's been hitting well in Cactus League play (.406 with 13 hits in 32 at-bats, one homer and seven RBIs), will get an extra day to rest their injuries. Thursday is the lone day off in the Cactus League schedule for the White Sox.

Justice B. Hill is a senior writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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