White Sox Road Ahead: Dunn's future; closer update

White Sox Road Ahead: Dunn's future; closer update
August 18, 2014, 5:15 pm
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The White Sox welcome the Baltimore Orioles to the South Side this week, and lucky for Robin Ventura it appears the skipper has found his closer of the immediate future. CSN's Luke Stuckmeyer and Dan Hayes discuss the upcoming matchups in the White Sox Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Honda Dealers.

The White Sox begin a three-game set tonight against the Baltimore Orioles, beginning with Chris Sale taking on the AL East-leading group tonight on CSN.

Insider Dan Hayes spoke with CSN's Luke Stuckmeyer on a number of topics, including Adam Dunn's apparent desire to contemplate retirement at the season's end. In his 14th MLB season, Dunn, 34, is batting .229 with 19 home runs and 49 RBIs.

"I think there's absolutely every reason for him to (consider retirement) just because he'll be 35 in November, he's got three kids and the older ones are getting up there and he talked about just how he wants to be there and how they want him around and how it's getting harder to leave," Hayes said. "But he's still having a good time and I think that's something that's key, is as long as he's enjoying the game he's going to want to play. I think he'll have to think long and hard about it because he's a guy that's still productive."

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Hayes also spoke about the recent success from relief pitcher Jacob Petricka. In 51 games this season, Petricka holds a 2.26 ERA in 59.2 innings. He's also got nine saves, including five in the last month.

"I think that right now he's the best thing that they've got going as far as (a closer). He still needs to learn how to work into this mode. We're talking about a guy that was a starter up until 2013, and you've seen some of the struggles here and there," he said. "He's got to just go at guys and that's something that's going to come with time, but I think he's got a lot of the stuff; now he's got to show he has the makeup for it."

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