The White Sox will take on the New York Yankees and left-hander CC Sabathia without their best hitter on Monday night. There's a very good chance he won't be in the lineup Tuesday, either.
Paul Konerko, who was hit near his left knee by a pitch from Red Sox lefty Andrew Miller and sustained a bruised left calf on Sunday, is not in the starting lineup as the Sox continue an important homestand tonight with a four-game series against New York at U.S. Cellular Field.
"I don't expect PK play tomorrow, either,'' manager Ozzie Guillen said before Monday's game. "That's a manager's expectation. This kid got hit pretty good. It's very sore right now. We're not going to see the best and most consistent one. Those guys in the lineup have to step it up a notch until he comes back.''
Adam Dunn, who has three hits against lefties this season, will play first base on Monday. Carlos Quentin slides into Dunn's customary designed hitter spot while Brent Lillibridge will play right field.
"With the lineup we have, the expectation is we've been waiting for a long time,'' Guillen said. "We got hot maybe for a few games. Hopefully with a couple months left those guys get hot together and we start scoring some runs.''
The Sox rank eighth in the American League with 100 home runs. Since the All-Star break, they have 11, which ranks 12th. The Sox' 100 homers are their fewest total through July since the strike-shortened 1995 season when they hit 90 and fewest in a full season since 1992 (59). The Sox' 18 home runs in July is their fewest since they hit 17 in '92.
The Sox, who have lost two straight, are 8-6 since the All-Star break and 3-3 on the current homestand. Their 41-32 (.562) record since May 7 is the fourth-best mark in the American League behind Boston (52-22), New York (46-30) and Texas (44-32).
The Yankees are coming off a 10-game, 10-day homestand in which they were 7-3 and won all three series against Oakland (2-1), Seattle (2-1) and Baltimore (3-1).
Sabathia, who is 38-10 in his career in August, struck out a career-high 14 while allowing one run over seven innings against Seattle in his last outing. He retired the first 19 batters he faced.