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Ventura OK with possibility of Konerko playing for Team USA

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Because of an injury to first baseman Mark Teixeira, Paul Konerko might be a late addition to Team USA for the World Baseball Classic.

Konerko, who got three hits against Team USA in the American squad's first tuneup for the tournament, was mentioned as a possibility by USA manager Joe Torre.

"Joe said it on the way by it was a possibility,'' Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "They'll figure that out.''

Ventua said he has no concerns about Konerko playing.

"It's about getting ready. If he's ready to go and play it's his decision. He's been around long enough to know if it's going to help him get ready for the season.''

Torre would probably prefer a left-handed hitting first baseman such as Prince Fielder.

"We'll see,'' Ventura said.

Team USA's first game is Friday against Mexico at Chase Field in Phoenix.

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