White Sox slugger Adam Dunn was not in the lineup Saturday, is not in the lineup Sunday and is not expected to return to action anytime soon.
Toni Ginnetti of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Dunn “could miss another five days” as he continues to battle through a strained right oblique muscle. Which means that he’ll likely be out for the White Sox’ entire four-game series against the Tigers that is scheduled to get underway on Monday night.
‘‘He still has a strain, and it will be [at least] a couple days,’’ White Sox manager Robin Ventura told reporters on Saturday. ‘‘It’s when he [feels he’s] ready to go.’’
Dayan Viciedo is serving as Chicago’s designated hitter Sunday afternoon against the Royals.
Dunn, 32, is batting .208/.340/.485 with 38 homers and 88 RBI in 133 games played this season.
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.