Adam Dunn is almost ready to return
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN email@example.com September 12, 2012 12:20AM
White Sox starter Jake Peavy allowed three runs in 52/3 innings Tuesday. | Richard A. Chapman~Sun-Times
TIGERS AT SOX
The facts: 7:10, CSN, 670-AM, 97.5-FM.
The pitchers: Max Scherzer (15-6, 3.85 ERA) vs. Gavin Floyd (9-9, 4.55).
Updated: October 14, 2012 1:52PM
Adam Dunn missed his fifth straight game because of a right oblique strain on Tuesday, and while the slugger is feeling better and is getting closer to returning to the lineup, he and manager Robin Ventura wouldn’t be expected to rush the comeback this time.
But after the Tigers’ 5-3 win on Tuesday, Ventura raised speculation that Dunn might play Wednesday.
“Maybe Dunner is ready,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘There is [a chance]. We’ll check him and see how he’s doing.’’
Before the game, Dunn said, “I want to wait until I have no problems as opposed to coming back a day or two early and having this thing do this again and missing significant time,” adding he was “stupid” when he pushed the issue coming back the first time.
Dunn took an injection and is getting treatment from trainer Herm Schneider.
“What we’re trying to do is get it to where I can swing, that’s the problem,’’ he said. “It’s not getting out of bed now, it’s not sneezing. I’m not going to pick up a bat today and hopefully tomorrow they’ll let me do some stuff.”
Liriano OK with move
Francisco Liriano accepted his move to the bullpen, which may be temporary. The left-hander with good stuff but not-so-good command might get a start against the Twins this weekend.
He pitched in a key relief situation Tuesday and was charged with two runs in the eighth inning without retiring a batter.
“Sometimes I try to do too much and that’s when I get myself into trouble,’’ Liriano said before the game.
When left-hander Donnie Veal retired Prince Fielder in a game situation, lefties dropped to
0-for-20 against him. He got Fielder in a key spot on Monday as well. While not the power option that lefty Matt Thornton affords, Veal has a better breaking pitch.
“He just has a deceptive delivery and a great curveball,’’ Ventura said. “It’s pretty good.’’
Game time changed
The start time for the Sox home game on Tuesday, Sept. 25 has been changed from 7:10 p.m. to 1:10 to avoid conflict with Yom Kippur. Third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who has missed games in the past to observe it, wasn’t the sole beneficiary, Ventura said.
“A lot of people wouldn’t be able to come to the game and probably one of them is our owner [Jerry Reinsdorf] so … That’s a big factor. That’s a good enough reason, the fans. That’s good enough for me.’’
The Sox have 33 homers in their last 17 home games. They are batting .193 with runners in scoring position over their last 12 games.
◆ The Tigers’ Jose Valverde has converted 13 consecutive save opportunities. He has 29 this season.