Konerko misses opener with Mets with back pain

Konerko misses opener with Mets with back pain

CHICAGO -- Paul Konerko was held out of Tuesday's starting lineup because of soreness in his back. The White Sox captain and first baseman entered the series opener with the Mets in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak.

"It's just tight," said manager Robin Ventura. "It's one of those he's trying to work it out right now."

With Konerko out of action, Jeff Keppinger moved into the designated-hitter's role, and Adam Dunn stayed at first base. Konerko finished 14-for-37 with six RBIs on the recent 10-game road trip, and was available for pinch-hitting duties.

"Yeah, if we need him to come out and take one shot at it, you'll see him limp out. Hopefully that's it," Ventura said. "This one is just recent. He wasn't feeling it in Kansas City. I think it's something that just popped up."

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