The Chicago White Sox on Wednesday placed reliever Jesse Crain and first baseman Paul Konerko on the 15-day disabled list. In his 15-year career, this is only the third time Konerko has been on the disabled list.
Crain, who has been bothered by a shoulder strain, was placed on the DL retroactive to June 30. Crain is 2-3 this year with an 0.74 ERA. He figured to be one a handful of players the White Sox would dangle as the trade deadline approaches.
Konerko is hitting .249 with seven homers and 37 RBIs in only 67 games this season. He has been battling a lower back strain and received six injections last week when he sat out six games before returning to the lineup on Tuesday. The 37-year-old captain of the White Sox went 0-for-4 with two strike outs.
Manager Robin Ventura expects both players might be able to return after the All-Star break.
To take their places on the roster, the Sox recalled third baseman Brent Morel and purchased the contract of left-hander David Purcey from Triple-A Charlotte.