GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With a desire to get everyone accustomed to all possibilities White Sox manager Robin Ventura said he’d put Adam Dunn in left field at times this spring.
Dunn is one of three first baseman/designated hitters on the White Sox roster along with Paul Konerko and Jose Abreu. The expectation is that Abreu would be an everyday player with the others dividing playing time. Dunn has played in left field before and Ventura said he’d get him out there again to be ready.
The likelihood of Dunn in left is slightly decreased, however, if the roster stays constructed the way it is. The White Sox already have two left fielders, both of whom were starters last season, in Dayan Viciedo and Alejandro De Aza. De Aza started most of the season in center field but will play more in left this year after Adam Eaton was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Both Dunn and Konerko said they don’t see ego being an issue in terms of reduced playing time this season. Konerko said both players have a what’s-best-for-the-team belief in mind as to how Ventura sets the lineup.
“They’ve known now for a little while,” Ventura said. “This is one of those days they go out there. You move Adam around, throw him in the outfield, let him run around and get some work in. As far as being used, they know that. We’re going to mix and match and hopefully Jose plays most of the time.”