CHICAGO – For as much as Adam Dunn wants to get back out on the field, the White Sox are taking every precaution with his health.
Dunn missed his fifth consecutive game, sitting out Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers because of a strained right oblique. Dunn said it was “stupid on my part” to rush back after he initially suffered the injury last week against the Twins.
“If we had a one-game lead, I’d be really pressing the issue,” Dunn said.
He is expected to take some light swings to test the oblique. Manager Robin Ventura suggested Dunn could be used as a pinch hitter if he shows improvement.
“I’m on treatment and everything else,” Dunn said. “What we’re trying to do is get it to where I can swing; that’s the problem. It’s not getting out of bed now, it’s not sneezing.”
Ventura considered moving Alex Rios up from No. 5 to No. 3 in the lineup to fill Dunn’s usual spot. However, he doesn’t want to mess with what has been a successful lineup.
“It’s more how the lineup stacks up,” Ventura said. “He’s been comfortable where he’s at. We’ve done it earlier at some point. I like [Rios] and [No. 4 hitter Paul Konerko] right there.”
Liriano ready for bullpen: Erratic command cost Francisco Liriano an opportunity to start meaningful games, at least for the immediate future.
With his move to the bullpen prompted by Gavin Floyd’s return to the rotation, Liriano is eager to focus on the fundamentals. Liriano walked 27 batters in his eight starts with the Sox, averaging six walks per nine innings – the highest rate in his seven-year career.
“I think I was rushing things, trying to do too much, trying to be too fine to the plate, instead of just going out there to pitch,” Liriano said before Tuesday’s game. “Just try to do my job. Try to regroup and hope I can do good things for the bullpen.”
Liriano’s performance Tuesday against Detroit was all too familiar in his debut out of the bullpen. Liriano faced three batters, hitting one and allowing two singles, leading to two runs.
Game time changed: The Sox rescheduled their Sept. 25 night game against the Cleveland Indians to accommodate people who celebrate the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur.
The Indians agreed to move the game to 1:10 p.m. after some Sox fans expressed concern about the conflict.
“There’s a lot of people that wouldn’t be able to come to the game, and probably one of them is our owner [Jerry Reinsdorf],” Ventura said. “That’s a big factor. That’s a good enough reason, just the fans. That’s good enough for me.”
Third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who is Jewish, most likely would not have played in that game against Cleveland. Youkilis said, in the past, he did not play in any night games on Yom Kippur.
“I guess that means I can play,” Youkilis said. “I really didn’t know.”
I know there was talk that there was something about maybe changing it for the fans on that day. But it’s a good thing for the playoff stretch.”