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WASHINGTON — The White Sox were without pitching coach Don Cooper for their first road game Tuesday after he went to a local hospital Tuesday morning with lower abdominal pain and learned he has diverticulitis.

Cooper, 57, is day-to-day and could be back Wednesday but might need another day or two. Patients with diverticulitis normally receive intravenous fluids and antibiotics and no food by mouth.

Bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen moved into the dugout to assume Cooper’s duties.

‘‘The continuity of how we do things will be a little bit different because Coop is not here,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. ‘‘There’s a lot of stuff we talk about during games . . . we’re talking all the time about how guys are either doing or who might come in and why and all that kind of stuff. It will be different.’’

No go for Dunn

Adam Dunn returned to Washington, where he played two seasons, only to be out of the lineup because there’s no designated hitter in National League parks.

‘‘It’s not good. It’s tough,’’ Dunn said. ‘‘For this early in the season, obviously everyone wants to be out there, and it’s tough when you are kind of feeling pretty good at the plate early. You want to keep it.’’

The left-handed-hitting Dunn could have played first base or left field, but Paul Konerko and Dayan Viciedo were the choices against lefty Gio Gonzalez. Dunn likely will play left field Wednesday against righty Jordan Zimmerman. Ventura said Dunn will get his share of starts at first base this year.

Axelrod on deck

Dylan Axelrod’s move up in the rotation to face the Nationals on Thursday means right-hander Dan Haren likely will be the first pitcher Axelrod has batted against since high school.

Axelrod didn’t bat in college at Cal-Irvine or in the minor leagues.

‘‘I was never much of a hitter,’’ he said.



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