Konerko squashes injury suggestion

CHICAGO -- Paul Konerko was not in the Chicago White Sox's lineup Friday, but the team captain said his day off was not injury related.

Konerko suggested it had more to do with playing in 14 innings of Wednesday’s 16-inning game at Seattle and the team wanting to get him some extra rest. He did leave a game on the most recent road trip with a stiff neck, but said that injury is behind him.

Acting manager Don Cooper said Konerko would be available for pinch-hit duties.

Cooper is taking over as manager for the day with Robin Ventura back in California for the high school graduation of his daughter. Bench coach Mark Parent managed Thursday’s game, but he also is not on the bench Friday as he departed for the high school graduation of his son.

Ventura will return to manage Saturday’s game. Parent will return as bench coach Sunday.

Friday’s complete White Sox lineup against Oakland Athletics right-hander Jarrod Parker:

Alejandro De Aza, LF

Alexei Ramirez, SS

Alex Rios, RF

Adam Dunn, 1B

Dayan Viciedo, DH

Conor Gillaspie, 3B

Gordon Beckham, 2B

Jordan Danks, CF

Tyler Flowers, C

Chris Sale is the White Sox’s starting pitcher.