In hindsight, Dunn said he shouldn’t have rushed back the first time he tweaked it.
“Looking back now, I probably would have missed a couple days in Minnesota and probably would have been fine now,” Dunn said. “But me being stupid probably cost me a couple extra days, to be honest with you.”
Dunn initially strained his side on Aug. 30 in Baltimore. He played one more game that series before sitting out two games against the Tigers Sept 1-2.
The Sox begin their final series against the Tigers, a four-game set, on Monday at U.S. Cellular Field. They led the Tigers in the AL Central by two games entering play on Sunday.
Dunn said he’s getting non-stop treatment and is taking the injury day-by-day. He said he feels fine in the mornings -- it’s swinging a bat that causes the pain. Dunn said he’s determined to make sure it heals properly this time.
“Yeah, I have to,” he said. “That’s ridiculous. I was trying to do things I’m not capable of doing, that’s getting singles. That’s not helping anybody.”