Hitting .098, Adam Dunn isn’t panicking
BY MARK POTASH email@example.com April 20, 2013 8:54PM
The Chicago White Sox Adam Dunn (32) reacts to striking out during the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Ill., on Saturday, April 20, 2013. | Andrew A. Nelles~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 22, 2013 7:11AM
First baseman/designated hitter Adam Dunn doesn’t need a doctor. Just more at-bats.
He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Saturday in a 2-1, 10-inning loss to the Minnesota Twins and is in an 0-for-29 slump that has dropped his average to .098 (6-for-61).
But it’s early.
‘‘I don’t feel terrible up there,’’ Dunn said. ‘‘Obviously, the results aren’t there, and this is a results-oriented game. It’s the first thing people think — that something’s wrong. I don’t feel bad. I just can’t let it snowball and get in [my] head and start trying to get four hits in one at-bat.’’
Dunn has been in enough slumps with the White Sox to know how to handle them. He hit .204 last year but still had 41 home runs with 96 RBI.
‘‘It’s not time to close up shop yet,’’ he said. ‘‘For the most part, I’ve been swinging pretty good. Just hitting some balls kind of where they’re playing. I haven’t been hitting the ball in the air too much. I need to get back to just seeing it and swinging and getting some good wood on it.’’
Viciedo on DL
Left fielder Dayan Viciedo was put on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.
The Sox promoted outfielder Blake Tekotte from Class AAA Charlotte to replace Viciedo on the roster.
‘‘We’re going to have to play that one by ear,’’ general manager Rick Hahn said. ‘‘With something like this, it’s so easy to aggravate it if you don’t give it the proper time to heal.
‘‘The plan is for him to do essentially nothing for about a week and slowly start ramping him up into baseball activities, then likely a rehab assignment. So it might take a little longer than 15 days, but we’ll see how quickly he gets back to normal in these first seven before we decide anything like that.’’
In other injury news, Hahn said left-hander John Danks was scheduled to start in an extended spring training game Saturday and is progressing from shoulder surgery in the offseason.
‘‘Reports have been good,’’ Hahn said. ‘‘He’s been feeling good in between. He’s been able to do the sides [and] all the exercises. He’s making progress.
‘‘We’re going to have him here sometime in the next couple of days just to have him around, sit down and talk directly about how he feels and see what the next steps are.’’