Dunn on slump: It's going to happen


Dunn on slump: It's going to happen

MINNEAPOLIS --- The White Sox offense has struggled of late and Adam Dunn is no different.

The slugger, who is tied for second in the American League with 23 home runs, said Tuesday afternoon his current slump is his worst this season.

Over the last nine games, Dunn is 3-for-32 with no homers, one RBI and 19 strikeouts. In June, Dunn is hitting .169 with seven homers. A self-proclaimed feel-hitter, Dunn, however, doesnt feel as if hes far off from finding success again.

Its as bad as Ive been in a long time, but its a long year, Dunn said. That stuff happens. I know its going to happen. Every hitter is going to go through it. Some go through it longer than others. For about a week-and-a-half I havent been swinging the bat very good --- at all. I feel good, so I know its going to change. Its kind of weathering the storm.

Dunn doesnt think his current slump has approached 2011 levels and neither does White Sox manager Robin Ventura. Last season, Dunn experienced a drought like no other when he hit .159 with 11 homers in 122 games. It was the first time since 2003 Dunn hadnt finished a season with at least 38 home runs.

I dont think its anything like last year, but its one of those hes got to work through, Ventura said. Im not worried about him. Its just a little funk that everyone else goes through during the course of the year and hell come back out of it.

Ventura said after Mondays game it looked as if Dunn was trying to hit a homer with every pitch. On Tuesday, he said he thinks the first basemandesignated hitter recently has recently become more of a pull-hitter. When he has had success, Ventura said Dunn uses the center of the field.

Ventura also sees some of the signs in Dunns strikeouts.

Its the kind of strikeouts, Ventura said. I think there are some when it looks like hes missing more than when you see him missing a pitch. He might be out front, more of a timing thing that can be worked on. But I dont worry about those strikeouts when hes doing what he was doing a couple weeks ago.

Dunn leads the AL with 119 strikeouts. Hes OK with them as long as hes also hitting homers and hed love for this stretch to end shortly.

I feel good, Dunn said. Hopefully, its a matter of time. Hopefully, its today because Im tired of it.

Carlos Rodon plays catch but timeline for return still uncertain

Carlos Rodon plays catch but timeline for return still uncertain

Carlos Rodon played catch in front of Don Cooper on Monday afternoon but only added to the intrigue surrounding his health when he declined to talk to the media.

On the 10-day disabled list with a biceps strain, the White Sox said Rodon continues to make progress in his rehab program. Cooper said the third-year pitcher felt and looked fine as he played catch in left field. But neither he nor manager Rick Renteria offered many more details on when Rodon may return or even when he could throw off a mound.

"He looked like he played catch good," Cooper said. "His throwing program is progressing. He felt fine. He threw the ball fine. That's kind of where we are at. He threw fine and move on to the next."

Rodon is in town for several days to be observed by the White Sox. On Friday, general manager Rick Hahn described the visit as a "routine follow-up visit." But other than making sure they're cautious with Rodon, the club hasn't been able to offer a specific timetable for their prized pitcher.

"I can't tell you in detail what the program is," Renteria said. "I know it involves throwing and making sure he's getting treatments and making sure it's taken care of, the issue he had with his biceps. We know it's getting better."

But the improvement hasn't made the situation any easier to deal with. When they started him on a delayed program this spring, the White Sox had Rodon pegged for 33 starts and 200 innings. As of now, there's no certainty when he'll make his first turn and the calendar is nearing May.

"He's frustrated," Cooper said. "He wants to get through this, through all of it. We are just there to try to make sure he's doing things right and there's progression.

"Well, I mean we've already taken a lot of caution. He's important to us now and in the future. We wouldn't rush with him or anybody."

Road Ahead: White Sox face another struggling offense in the Royals

Road Ahead: White Sox face another struggling offense in the Royals

The White Sox have scored the second fewest runs in the American League while the Royals have scored the fewest.

So fans of offense may not find the three-game series between the White Sox and Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field. The Sox have scored 55 runs in 17 games while the Royals have 46 runs in 18 games.

Dan Hayes and Siera Santos talk about what to expect from that series and give updates on Carlos Rodon's injury and timeline for his return and talk about when Yoan Moncada may get promoted from the minors.

Watch the video above to see those topics in the Honda Road Ahead.