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Tests OK on Konerko; Humber's location not OK with Sveum

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The White Sox said the preliminary tests on first baseman Paul Konerko came back clean and showed no problems, and there are no other injuries beyond the laceration and some swelling above his left eye after he was hit by a pitch in Friday's game against the Cubs. Konerko will be re-evaluated before Saturday night's game at Wrigley Field.

Konerko was hit with a pitch from Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija. He has a small cut and swelling above his left eye. He was evaluated at Rush Hospital.

The Sox star walked off the field on his own with trainer Herm Schneider, holding a towel to his head.

Konerko hit a two-run homer in the first inning. Samardzija came to the home plate area while Konerko was down, an indication he was concerned and felt badly about hitting Konerko, and later discussed what happened with Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski when he led off the bottom of the inning.

Samardzjia almost seemed shaken by what happened.

"It's unfortunate,'' Samardzija said after the game. "There's a lot of superstars in this league that put up big numbers, get paid a lot of money, and Paulie's one of those guys that does that, is a superstar and does it the right way. There's not too many of those guys out there. He's not about show. He's not about himself. Paulie's a great guy. That ball got away. Unfortunately it hit him up high. If I could take it back I would. Only thing that makes me OK about it is he's a tough guy. I hope he'll be all right. And I wish I had that one back.''

Samardzija led off the bottom of the inning, but after having a conversation with Pierzynski, Sox right-hander Philip Humber did not retaliate. Instead, Humber threw behind Cubs first baseman and cleanup hitter Bryan LaHair when LaHair led off the next inning. Cubs manager Dale Sveum was not happy about Humber's pitch being that high.

"Unfortunately you're not really expecting any retaliation after somebody gets hit by a split-finger fastball. We're obviously not trying to hit Paul with any kind of pitch like that. But if there's retaliation you'd sure appreciate if a guy throws a little bit lower than he did. Unfortunately he didn't ... those are incidents that happen in baseball sometimes.

"And I hope Paul's alright, because he's a friend of mine. I play golf with him and have spent some time with him before, so hopefully it's no big deal.''

Humber and both benches were warned by plate umpire Tim Timmons.

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