Konerko sits out after fouling ball off kneecap

Konerko sits out after fouling ball off kneecap

CLEVELAND -- Paul Konerko seemed more upset about fouling a Joe Smith pitch off the back of his right knee in his eighth-inning at-bat Tuesday night than the ensuing pain that came from the ball striking his kneecap.

"It's kind of embarrassing fouling a ball off of your back knee," said a smiling Konerko, who was out of the lineup for Wednesday's road finale. "You know, that's something you don't want to do. Your front leg is always in play. But your back leg, not too happy about that. That hurts more than the actual pain."

Konerko certainly expects to play in one of the White Sox final four games at home this weekend against the Royals.

"It will be fine," Konerko said. "I'll get back out there, I'm sure. It's not something I'm going to have to attend to or anything after we are done."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.