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Paul Konerko returns to lineup

Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko returned to the lineup Thursday after missing the previous three games versus the New York Yankees with a calf injury.

Konerko served as the team's designated hitter and after getting two hits on the night, he was asked if he felt healthy enough to man first base this weekend in Minnesota.

"No," Konerko said. "Right now, probably not."

Konerko was hit near the left knee in the fourth inning of Sunday's game by Boston Red Sox starter Andrew Miller. Konerko immediately fell to the ground in pain, but stayed in the game to run the bases, only to be lifted in the next half-inning.

Manager Ozzie Guillen had hoped Konerko's return to the lineup would help spark a lifeless White Sox offense, but his presence wasn't enough as the Sox lost their sixth game in a row, falling 7-2 to the Yankees.

"Hitting-wise I felt not bad," Konerko said. "I felt maybe 80 or 90 percent. Definitely, for the most part, could do what I wanted to do. I didn't feel it too much up there, maybe on a couple foul tips, or a swing and miss or something like that, I felt it more. Pretty workable. Running killed. I don't know, I would have thought it would be the other way around. I'm glad it is what it is instead of hurting as much if it was the reverse of that. Running laterally was really painful. Just keep working to get that out, that's all you can do."

Konerko has easily been the White Sox's most consistent contributor on offense this season, hitting .307 with 25 home runs on the year.

Sahadev Sharma is a regular contributor to ESPNChicago.com.