CHICAGO – With a pivotal four-game series against the Detroit Tigers looming, the White Sox’s lineup could be missing a key bat.
Slugger Adam Dunn aggravated his right oblique during the Sox’s series versus the Twins and missed his second consecutive game, held out Saturday against the Royals. Dunn originally strained his oblique last week in Baltimore, which kept him out of two games in Detroit.
“I think it’s just whenever he’s ready to go, he’s ready to go,” Sox Manager Robin Ventura said. “Just depends on how he does.”
Although there is no timetable for his return, Dunn could be out five more days, putting his availability for the Tigers series in jeopardy.
“I think we have a better idea watching him,” Ventura said. “You can tell if it’s still bugging him. I know he wants to play but I think [trainer Herm Schneider] has a better idea this time. Watching him we’ll know a little more about how he’s feeling.”
Third baseman Kevin Youkilis also missed his second straight game because of the birth of his son. Ventura expects him back today or Monday.
Danks loses immobilizer: Sox pitcher John Danks finally can sleep easy.
His left shoulder immobilized for the past month after surgery, Danks has been given the OK to move it. Danks said he sleeps better without his shoulder being immobile, and he’s anxious to start throwing. Danks can lift his arm, but he is not allowed to raise it in a pitching motion.
“We are still trying to get range of motion,” Danks said. “This is the first week out of the sling so my window has kind of opened up, and I’m allowed to push it a little more. They certainly do that.”
Being ready for spring training remains Danks’ goal. Before his surgery Aug. 6, Danks believed he would start throwing in November. He plans to meet with Dr. Anthony Romero, one of his surgeons, sometime within the next week.
“A normal offseason, I wouldn’t throw until after the new year, but seeing as to how I’ll be a few months without even touching a baseball,” Danks said. “I was thinking if I can start playing light catch or start a throwing program toward the end of November, I would imagine that would give me enough time.”
Floyd’s timetable: Gavin Floyd, on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow flexor strain, is scheduled to throw a bullpen session today, which will help determine his return to the rotation.
Floyd must be able to throw all his pitches during today’s session. He won’t necessarily have to pitch a simulated game before coming off the DL, Ventura said.
“Again, we want to make sure he’s feeling healthy and he can go out there and have every ability to compete,” Ventura said. “I don’t want him going out there and feeling like he has a hand tied behind his back.”