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.
Matt Ehalt of The Record reports that the Mariners may have some interest in acquiring second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera from the Mets. The club hasn’t confirmed anything of the kind, naturally, but the prevailing thought is that they’ll need some insurance at second base if they reach the playoffs, since Cano’s current 80-game suspension precludes him from participating in any postseason series.
On Friday, club GM Jerry Dipoto revealed that Cano will likely return to the team as a first baseman once his suspension expires, while second baseman/outfielder Dee Gordon is slated to remain at the keystone for the foreseeable future. With the infield all but set in stone, however, Dipoto said that acquiring position players at this year’s deadline isn’t likely to be a “primary concern,” especially as the team focuses on strengthening their pitching staff prior to making a run at the postseason.
Still, there’s a case to be made for Cabrera. The 32-year-old second baseman has already improved on some of last year’s totals and is currently batting .282/.335/.492 with 17 home runs (16 more than Gordon has tallied so far in 2018), 21 doubles and an .827 OPS in 385 plate appearances. He could provide some much-needed support behind Gordon until Cano’s suspension lifts on August 14; following the end of the 2018 season, he’s scheduled to enter the free agent pool for 2019.