ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Adam Dunn is optimistic even though he left Saturday’s game early with back spasms.
The White Sox first baseman exited in the top of the fifth inning after he felt his back grab prior to a fourth-inning at-bat. Dunn batted anyway and singled in a pair of runs to keep his hot streak alive.
Although he was still sore after a 12-9 White Sox loss to the Angels, the slugger is hopeful he can be ready for Sunday’s series finale.
“If it feels like it does now, we’ll see,” Dunn said. “But I’m sure it’s going to feel a lot better. It’s a muscle. It has to release at some point.”
Dunn said he nearly fell down as he ran the bases on Paul Konerko’s ensuing single in the fourth inning. Though he said he’s not worried about how his back would affect his swing, he didn’t think he could return to play defense.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Dunn’s pain was noticeable.
“We were watching him at first and he couldn’t move around very well,” Ventura said. “When he came in, he just wasn’t moving around too good. Right now, he thinks it is (day-to-day). He always thinks that way. It’s just more treating it and making sure everything is all right.”
The injury comes at a time when Dunn has just started to heat up offensively.
Dunn is 8-for-22 on the White Sox road trip with four homers and 10 RBIs. The team won a season-best four straight games during Dunn’s tear.
The left-hander slugger didn’t have a homer or an RBI in May until Tuesday.
Dunn is hitting .173 this season with 10 homers and 22 RBIs.
“We’ve done treatments,” Dunn said. “I don’t know if I’m going to feel sore. That would be great. If I can field a ground ball, then we’ll be good.”