“Paul’s a great friend of mine, been here with him for eight years now,” Pierzynski said after Konerko went on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion.
“You never want to see anybody get hurt, but especially up in the head with a concussion and that kind of stuff,” he said. “It’s just usually bad news. Hopefully he gets well soon and hopefully he gets back in a week.”
Pierzynski was asked if the Sox had enough leadership to survive without their captain.
“Position player-wise we’re fairly veteran-oriented other than maybe (Dayan) Viciedo and (Jordan) Danks,” Pierzynski said. “We’re insulated well as far as the veteran stuff goes and the pitchers have really grown up. It’s a fun team, a fun mix and hopefully we can continue to win without Paul.”
In Friday’s 4-3 victory over the A’s, finished by Danks’ walkoff homer, Pierzynski hit his career-high 22nd homer. The last Sox catcher with more than that was Carlton Fisk (23) in 1987.
“We still have a long way to go but it’s sort of nice to look up there and see some good numbers so far,” he said. “But the biggest thing, we’re winning and that makes up for all of it. The last couple of years haven’t been up to where I thought it could be and this year has kind of turned it all around and hopefully we’ll end it as a team in the right spot.”