Sunday, April 21, 2013
Struggling Dunn back in lineup
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- Despite his struggles and the fact that the Chicago White Sox are facing a left-handed pitcher on Sunday, Adam Dunn is back in the lineup, batting from the fifth spot.
Dunn is in a 1-for-37 slide and went 0-for-4 on Saturday against the Minnesota Twins with three strikeouts.
The White Sox will be facing Twins left-hander Scott Diamond on Sunday and his relatively small sample size against Dunn could have contributed to manager Robin Ventura putting his struggling slugger back in the lineup. Dunn is 3-for-10 (.300) in his career against Diamond with a home run and three RBIs.
“You can think about anything, but for us to turn around and start playing better, he's going to have to get some hits and be part of that, part of the answer,” Ventura said when asked if he considered giving Dunn a rest Sunday.
Dunn is batting just .098 this season and has played in all but one game, when he was held out during an interleague contest at Washington with the designated-hitter spot unavailable. He has two home runs and five RBIs with a .213 slugging percentage and a .154 on-base percentage over his first 16 games.
Dunn said that other than Saturday’s 0-for-4 game, he has actually felt comfortable at the plate.
“Yeah, it’s something that, today aside, for the most part I’ve been swinging pretty good, just hitting some balls kind of where they’re playing and haven’t been putting the ball in the air too much,” Dunn said after Saturday’s game. “I have to get back to seeing it and swinging it and putting some good wood on it.”
Sunday’s complete White Sox lineup against the Twins: