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White Sox 1B Konerko out with bruised kneecap

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CLEVELAND (AP)

White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko will miss Chicago's final road game with a bruised right kneecap.

The 15-year veteran fouled a pitch off his knee in the eighth inning of Tuesday's game against the Indians. Konerko dropped to the ground for several moments in pain after knocking right-hander Joe Smith's pitch off his knee. He stayed in the game and struck out before being replaced in the bottom of the inning. Konerko said it was ''kind of embarrassing to foul a ball off your back leg.''

Konerko, batting .248 with 11 homers and 53 RBIs in 122 games, doesn't think the injury will end his season. The White Sox open a four-game home series against Kansas City on Thursday. Konerko said he's sore but that his knee is not swollen.

The 37-year-old has not said if he plans to retire after this season.

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