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Konerko doesn't expect to be out for long

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Konerko doesn't expect to be out for long

Paul Konerko strolled through the clubhouse Saturday afternoon looking like he just went 10 rounds with Manny Pacquiao.

His left eye was half-shut from swelling and the skin around the eye is spattered with bruises. But other than that, he says he's fine.

"I feel good," Konerko said prior to Saturday's game. "It's just a matter of getting the swelling down. No damage. No fractures. No problems with vision other than just seeing the swelling when I look out. So as soon as we get that out, I'll be good to go."

Konerko is ruled out of Saturday's game and while Robin Ventura said Sunday is a possibility, the White Sox skipper admitted it's more likely Konerko returns Tuesday with an off day on Monday.

"He seems fine," Ventura said. "As soon as he can see, he's going to play."

Konerko has been doing everything he can to get out on the field as soon as possible, but admits that he can't know for sure when the swelling will go down enough for him to see clearly.

"Yesterday, I could see out of it," he said. "I iced it a bunch of times before I went to bed last night. It was maybe halfway open or three-quarters of the way open. When I woke up this morning, it was completely shut and I knew it would be just because you can't ice it through the night.

"Since I've been here today, there's been a lot of improvement as far as how wide I can open it and how much I can see out of it. It's just a matter of time. It could be later on today, it could be tomorrow or I think worst case scenario, it could be Tuesday."

Konerko said he has no dizziness and tests have ruled out a concussion. He also said he was not planning on wearing a protective shield of any sort when he does return to the field.

"It was kind of a freaky thing," he said. "It can happen at any time."

While Konerko's plunking certainly upped the intensity of the crosstown series, the White Sox seemed more focused on getting their captain back than on extending the drama.

"It's tough to see one of your big guys -- your big run producer -- to go down like that," starting pitcher Jake Peavy said. "But hopefully guys will pick up the slack. We really need Paul to get back as soon as he can and do what he's done for us all year."

Konerko said he hasn't heard from Jeff Samardzija after the pitch, but he may be hearing from Cubs skipper Dale Sveum soon.

I feel bad," Sveum said. "I meant to (contact him), and then it got kind of crazy yesterday right after the game with everything going on...Ill call him today or see him on the field. Im not sure. Ill talk to Robin about how hes doing.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Class A manager Justin Jirschele, youngest manager in professional baseball

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Class A manager Justin Jirschele, youngest manager in professional baseball

27-year-old Justin Jirschele made quite an impression in his first season as manager of the White Sox Class-A affiliate in Kannapolis. He helped lead the Intimidators to the South Atlantic League championship, and was named White Sox Minor League Coach of the Year. Jirschele came on the podcast to speak with Chuck Garfien about how he went from playing minor league baseball with the White Sox to coaching in their system. He talks about how growing up with a dad who was coaching minor league baseball helped mold him as a manager who is wise beyond his years. Jirschele also gives a report on some of the top White Sox prospects he managed last season such as Jake Burger, Alec Hansen, Dane Dunning and Miker Adolfo.

After baseball punishes Braves, one ranker says White Sox have game's best farm system

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After baseball punishes Braves, one ranker says White Sox have game's best farm system

The White Sox farm system is baseball's best, according to one of the people making those rankings.

In the wake of Major League Baseball's punishment of the Atlanta Braves for breaking rules regarding the signing of international players — which included the removal of 12 illegally signed prospects from the Braves' organization — MLB.com's Jim Callis tweeted out his updated top 10, and the White Sox are back in first place.

Now obviously there are circumstances that weakened the Braves' system, allowing the White Sox to look stronger by comparison. But this is still an impressive thing considering that three of the White Sox highest-rated prospects from the past year are now full-time big leaguers.

Yoan Moncada used to be baseball's No. 1 prospect, and pitchers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez weren't too far behind. That trio helped bolster the highly ranked White Sox system. Without them, despite plenty of other highly touted prospects, common sense would say that the White Sox would slide down the rankings.

But the White Sox still being capable of having baseball's top-ranked system is a testament to the organizational depth Rick Hahn has built in such a short period of time.

While prospect rankings are sure to be refreshed throughout the offseason, here's how MLB Pipeline's rankings look right now in regards to the White Sox:

4. Eloy Jimenez
9. Michael Kopech
22. Luis Robert
39. Blake Rutherford
57. Dylan Cease
90. Alec Hansen