Sox slugger Adam Dunn unsure about shrink’s game
By DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org June 28, 2011 10:40PM
White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham is, like Adam Dunn, among the team's struggling hitters. | Jack Dempsey~AP
Updated: June 29, 2011 4:33PM
DENVER — Struggling designated hitter Adam Dunn played golf with White Sox sports psychologist Jeff Fishbein on a recent day off.
“He’s actually real good, so that added more stress to my life, golfing with him,” Dunn said Tuesday.
Good to know he has a good short game, but can he fix Dunn’s swing? Is he a good shrink?
“I talked to him a little bit,” Dunn said. “It works for different people. I don’t know if it works for me, but you know, I have talked with him, and I even golfed with him. I like him. [But] I don’t know what’s a good [sports psychologist]. It’s my first run-in with one.”
Dunn struck out four times against the Washington Nationals on Sunday, raising his AL-leading total to 100. He’s 2-for-26 with 16 strikeouts in his last seven games.
“I just need to go back to basics and quit thinking,” Dunn said. “It’s not me. I’m not a thinker. I have to see it, hit the damn thing and not make it so complicated.”
With no DH in Colorado, manager Ozzie Guillen gave Dunn the night off. He probably will play in the last game of the Sox’ series at Colorado, replacing whomever Guillen believes needs a day off most among left fielder Juan Pierre, right fielder Carlos Quentin and first baseman Paul Konerko, Guillen said.
“I’m not giving up, I promise you,” Dunn said. ‘‘There’s still a lot of baseball left. We put ourselves in position where guys who have been struggling have to step it up.”
Guillen doesn’t believe in playing his outfielders deep at spacious Coors Field.
“Coming here, I think it was a mistake people made when they play deep,” Guillen said. “They make a big hole between the infield and the outfield. I think you should play normal. They played deep because the ball carries. Well, if the ball is over your head, it’s a home run. Make sure you catch the balls in front of you.”
Besides Dunn, Gordon Beckham has four hits in his last 30 at-bats, Pierre is 6-for-24 and Quentin 7-for-43. On the plus side, Alex Rios (.221) is 12 for his last 35.
John Danks’ MRI exam Monday showed a minor oblique strain, he said. The left-hander, who went on the disabled list after leaving during his start against the Nationals on Saturday, said he was feeling better.
†Right fielder Dayan Viciedo and right-hander Gregory Infante, both at Class AAA Charlotte, will represent the World Team in the All-Star Futures Game on July 10 in Phoenix. Viciedo is batting .330 with 12 homers, 24 doubles and 55 RBI. Infante had seven saves and wasn’t scored upon in 15 1/3 innings at Class AA Nashville before going to Charlotte, where he is 0-1 with a 2.75 ERA.
† Alexei Ramirez’s home run in the second inning was his first since May 22. He has seven homers and 36 RBI on the season.