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Adam Dunn might return Friday

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

Slow down, big boy.

The caution flag is out on Adam Dunn’s return to action. The White Sox’ 6-6, 285-pound designated hitter talked about a fast-track return the day after his appendectomy in Kansas City last week, but he still feels sore when he runs.

The best bet for Dunn’s return looks like Friday, when the Sox open a three-game home series against the Los Angeles Angels after a day off.

Manager Ozzie Guillen is in no rush to get Dunn in the lineup with his team leading the American League in hitting (.308) going into Monday’s game against the Oakland Athletics. Dunn looked ready in batting practice, hitting multiple shots into the seats.

“Yeah, when he tells me he’s ready to go, I’m going to give him an extra day,’’ Guillen said. “He talked to me yesterday. Every time he’s running, he’s uncomfortable there. And we better wait to see how he’s running the bases a little bit. Very cautious for us. Obviously the pain is going to be there. How much he’s going to tolerate that is the question. I’ll give him another day.’’

The other issue is how sharp Dunn will be when he gets back. It took him most of spring training to start hitting.

“It’s not easy because you have to go back and see live pitching,’’ Guillen said. “But I think he’ll be fine.’’

Peavy update

Jake Peavy joined the club and threw 32 pitches in a bullpen session in advance of his rehab start Wednesday at Class AAA Charlotte.

Peavy backed pitching coach Don Cooper’s suggestion that a short-term, six-man rotation would work when Peavy gets back.

“I think anytime you can get any rest in between, it makes sense to do,” Peavy said Monday. “I can’t see that not being beneficial. If you look back on numbers with an extra day of rest, I think I’ve always been better.’’

Peavy developed rotator-cuff tendinitis during spring training while coming back from surgery to reattach a torn lat. He has rehab starts lined up through April 28.

“I can tell you guys I really do almost feel completely normal,’’ he said. “There is nothing but general soreness. There is no pain, no discomfort areas. I feel the lat has begun that healing process and has healed up enough to let me start, and, like I said, I feel quite a bit better.’’

Konerko shares award

A week after Carlos Quentin was given the honor, Sox first baseman Paul Konerko was named a co-recipient of the AL Player of the Week award. Konerko was 10-for-24 (.417) with three home runs, a double and eight RBI in his last eight games. He shared it with Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.

Konerko, a four-time winner, is more impressed with player of the month awards.

“It doesn’t mean anything to me,” he said. “I think I’ll get a watch out of it.”


General manager Ken Williams was a visitor in the dugout before the game but passed on a formal meeting with media.

“Let the team play and get out of the way,” he said, obviously pleased with a 6-3 start.

Phil Humber will pitch Friday against the Angels, staying in the rotation despite the day off Thursday that gives the Sox the option of skipping him. Humber earned it with a strong start Saturday.

◆ The A’s starter tonight, 2010 All-Star Trevor Cahill, agreed to a five-year, $30.5 million contract.

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