CHICAGO, IL - MAY 05: Darwin Barney #15 of the Chicago Cubs tags out Alejandro De Aza #30 of the Chicago White Sox during the fifth inning on May 5, 2014 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 477582875
Updated: June 7, 2014 6:34AM
It will be about a month before he is able to resume baseball activities, but Sox reliever Nate Jones underwent successful back surgery on Monday, general manager Rick Hahn said.
Jones had a microdiscectomy, which is the removal of disc material that is putting pressure on a nerve.
“Everything went very smoothly and very well,” Hahn said. “What they saw was as expected, and we’ll re-evaluate in a month. After a month, it’s conceivable we’ll ramp up baseball activities.
“At that point it’s more about getting him into pitching shape than dealing with the back.”
Jones hasn’t pitched since April 3.
Adam Dunn sees the field sparingly and the outfield even less. The Sox’ designated hitter, who moonlights as a first baseman, started Monday’s game against the Cubs in left field.
Playing in Wrigley Field added to the sizzle for Dunn, who was treated to the not-so-fine hospitality of the patrons sitting in the bleachers.
“That’s the best part about it, actually,” Dunn said. “I would imagine tonight probably should be pretty good, I hope. I get bored easy so I hope I’ve got a lot of entertainment out there, which I’m sure I will.
“It used to be they used to do the research and had some good stuff, but I don’t know if it’s a different era and different generation of people, so they don’t seem to put in that work and time to have some creative stuff.”
It was only the 11th time Dunn has played in the outfield for the Sox. They put him in left to get the bats of Dunn and first baseman Jose Abreu in the lineup.
“It’s an adjustment but it’s a fun one,” Dunn said. “It is something that I’ve done in the past quite a bit but it’s been a while since I’ve been out there.”
Last run at Wrigley
Manager Robin Ventura wasn’t living in a fantasy land, conceding he doesn’t anticipate a World Series matchup between Chicago’s teams. These likely are Paul Konerko’s last two games at Wrigley. Konerko was hit by a pitch from Justin Grimm while pinch-hitting in the 12th.