White Sox bring in minor-leaguers to pitch to Adam Dunn
By DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN email@example.com June 29, 2011 11:42PM
Juan Pierre runs from second base to score on A.J. Pierzynski’s RBI double in the fourth inning Tuesday night against the Rockies at Coors Stadium. | Jack Dempsey~AP
Updated: June 30, 2011 4:17PM
DENVER — Doing whatever it might take to get designated hitter Adam Dunn back to being himself, White Sox general manager Ken Williams dispatched a pair of rehabbing minor-league pitchers — left-hander Garrett Johnson and right-hander Stephen Sauer — to face Dunn in a simulated game Wednesday at Coors Field.
“It’s hard because you don’t have the same adrenaline level as you would in the game, but it was good to see real, live pitching instead of live batting practice,” Dunn said. “It’s pretty awesome, actually, for the club to do that. It’s pretty cool to have that at your disposal.”
Each pitcher threw 40 pitches. Dunn hit two deep home runs, including one into the top deck.
“He’s a feel guy, not a mechanical guy who sits down and breaks down video,” hitting coach Greg Walker said. “He needs to gets his big body in a position to hit, which totally dictates his swing plane. The challenge has been to get him that feel to take it out on the field.”
Dunn, who sat out a second straight game in the National League park Wednesday night, is expected to play today in right field, left field or at first base.
Jake of all trades
On four days’ rest, right-hander Jake Peavy goes back to being a starter today after his scoreless, four-inning, 70-pitch relief outing Saturday. Peavy pitched on his side-session day, forced into action because of John Danks’ injury. He played catch Tuesday and Wednesday, and said he felt pretty good.
“I knew I was going to be a little sore or sorer than a regular side session simply because of the effort and the length of what I did,” said Peavy, who flew his massage therapist to Denver for daily treatments. “But, yeah, I felt good. Maybe it’s like a bad start. When you have a bad start, you throw a lot of pitches in a short amount of innings and you feel it. You have to work hard to get all that lactic acid out and kick-start the system. I’ve had to do that with a lot of cardio and a lot of different treatments. I’ve done all we can do, and ready to go [today].”
Peavy was missing his game shoes and was hoping they’d be delivered by 10 a.m.
Danks (mild side strain) is encouraged by the way he feels and expects to play catch in the next couple of days. He anticipates a decision soon on when and where he’ll make a rehab start before coming off the disabled list.
Danks, who has won his last three decisions after an 0-8 start, said he isn’t worried about losing the good groove he was in.
“No,” he said. “I’m fairly certain I can get back to where I was. It was crappy timing with the way I was throwing the ball, but that’s baseball. That’s part of it.”
In the fold
An agreement with outfielder Keenyn Walker, the Sox’ first pick in this month’s draft, has been reached and should be announced next week after Walker passes a physical. Walker, a switch-hitter, played at Central Arizona.