Preps Talk

A silver lining in Konerko's injury

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A silver lining in Konerko's injury

There's no replacing Paul Konerko in the White Sox lineup. If he's out one day, one week or worse, the Sox aren't better off for it. He's leading the team in OPS, is second in home runs and third in RBIs. And his leadership and professionalism are off the charts.

But at least for the next two games, the Sox can probably manage.

Coming into Friday, Dayan Viciedo didn't have a spot in the White Sox lineup this weekend. With no designated hitter, Adam Dunn was set to man left field for the first time since 2009. That meant Viciedo was going to be relegated to pinch-hitting duties, a role that could've lasted all weekend according to manager Robin Ventura.

But if Konerko has to miss Saturday and Sunday's games, that'll allow Viciedo to stay in the lineup. Dunn played two innings in left and was moved to first base when Konerko was hit in the face, giving way to Viciedo -- who went 1 for 2 on Friday, putting him at 9 for 18 in his last five games.

"We're lucky to have a lot of those options," catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "Paul will always be missed. Hopefully hes out shorter rather than longer. But we have to be able to go without him."

While Viciedo will get a chance to keep his success up if Konerko is out, the flip side is Konerko's recent success could be halted. With his home run Friday, Konerko is 20 for his last 49 with three home runs, eight walks, seven RBIs and an OPS over 1.000. To say he's been locked in would be an understatement.

"I feel bad for Paul, the way hes swinging the bat, to have that happen." Pierzynski said. "I just hope hes ok. I think hes doing all right and you never want to see that, no matter who it is."

The latest AP preps boys and girls basketball poll

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The latest AP preps boys and girls basketball poll

Here are the latest rankings of Illinois high school basketball teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters:

BOYS BASKETBALL

Class 4A

Others receiving votes: New Trier 13, Bloomington 12, Oak Park-River Forest 12, Normal West 10, Evanston 5, Fenwick 5, Lincoln Park 4, Maine South 3, Rockford Jefferson 3, Quincy 3, Loyola 1.

Class 3A

Others receiving votes: Lincoln 7, St. Rita 4, Benton 3, Burlington Central 2, Murphysboro 2, Morton 1.

Class 2A

Others receiving votes: Teutopolis 18, St. Joseph-Ogden 16, Bloomington Central Catholic 15, Corliss 14, Chicago Uplift 5, Trenton Wesclin 2, Deer Creek-Mackinaw 1, Quincy Notre Dame 1.

Class 1A

Others receiving votes: New Berlin 16, Cairo 10, Okawville 5, Bushnell (B-Prairie City) 5, Newark 4, Nokomis 2, Decatur Lutheran (LSA) 1, Cissna Park 1.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Class 4A

Others receiving votes: Springfield 9, Marist 8, Whitney Young 2, Bolingbrook 1, Bradley-Bourbonnais 1, Chatham Glenwood 1, Naperville Central 1, Normal West 1.

Class 3A

Others receiving votes: Burlington Central 8, Bishop McNamara 4, Breese Central 3, Sycamore 1

Class 2A

Others receiving votes: Chicago Marshall 15, Harvest Christian Academy 11, Williamsville 9, Tuscola 3, Nashville 3, Knoxville 1, Harlan 1, Hall 1, Auburn 1, Pana  1.

Class 1A

Others receiving votes: Okawville 6, East Dubuque 6, Colfax Ridgeview 5.

The must-listen Nicky Delmonico White Sox Talk Podcast

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The must-listen Nicky Delmonico White Sox Talk Podcast

While taking part in the White Sox hitters camp in Glendale, Ariz., Nicky Delmonico joined Chuck Garfien and Ryan McGuffey on the podcast to talk about his impressions of Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez. But that was only the beginning. 

Delmonico went in-depth about his first major league season, doing hot yoga this winter with Jake Burger, the one White Sox player he expects to have a big season in 2018 (the answer might surprise you), losing a big bet to Tim Anderson.

Plus, Delmonico helps us give away a pair of 3-day passes to Sox Fest and much more.

Listen to the latest White Sox Talk Podcast right here: