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.
The Diamondbacks selected the contract of pitcher Clay Buchholz from Triple-A Reno ahead of Sunday’s game against the Mets. It marked Buchholz’s first major league start since April 11 last season (also against the Mets) when he was a member of the Phillies. Shortly after that start, he was diagnosed with a partial tear of his flexor pronator mass and he ended up not being able to pitch the rest of the season.
Buchholz signed a minor league deal with the Royals but he opted out of his contract at the beginning of this month. The Diamondbacks signed him to a minor league deal a few days later, needing depth with a depleted starting rotation. Buchholz made two starts for Reno before getting the call Sunday.
Buchholz, 33, pitched well on Sunday against the Mets, lasting five innings and limiting the opposition to a run on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts. His only blemish was allowing a solo home run to Amed Rosario leading off the sixth. He was immediately relieved by T.J. McFarland afterwards.
It is not yet clear if Buchholz will get another turn through the D-Backs’ rotation.