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CHICAGO -- The White Sox will be without their No. 2 and 3 hitters for a second straight game on Saturday.
Both Adam Dunn and Kevin Youkilis will be missing from the lineup. Dunn reinjured his right oblique on Wednesday coming back too quickly from the initial injury. Youkilis went back home for the birth of his son on Friday.
“Youk (and his wife) had a baby boy,” said manager Robin Ventura. “Hopefully he will return tomorrow or Monday. Dunn still has a strained oblique he will be out a couple days.”
Dunn initially strained his side in Baltimore on Aug. 30. He played one more game in the Oriole series before sitting out two games last weekend on Saturday and Sunday. At that point, the team went on Dunn’s opinion on when he felt ready to return. This time he will have to face a more stringent test in order to be deemed game ready.
“I think we have a better idea of watching him (this time),” Ventura said. “I know he wants to play but (trainer) Herm (Schneider) has a better idea this time and watching him we will know a little better how he is feeling.”
In his initial comeback, Dunn was quick to return from what is normally a 5-7 day recovery depending on the degree of the strain. This time around, Dunn will have to pass certain tests by the training staff before he is allowed to go back to baseball activities.
The Sox will replace Youkilis with Ray Olmedo at third base. A.J. Pierzynski will DH in Ventura ‘s lineup Saturday.