CHICAGO -- Adam Dunn entered Saturday's contest vs. Toronto southpaw Ricky Romero with a .158 average against left-handed pitchers, including seven homers and 52 strikeouts, over 95 at-bats.
The addition of Kevin Youkilis and his ability to play first base gives manager Robin Ventura a chance to rest the left-handed swinging Dunn against tough lefties. But Ventura didn't seem to be leaning in that direction.
"Every once in a while, you look at it. But he plays pretty much every day," Ventura said. "Now, with Youk being in here, you get a different mix of righty lineup against a lefty, mostly righties by putting [Eduardo] Escobar at third and Youk at first. It's a better one than we had before, but not all of them are that way.
"Again, [Dunn] walks. It's not the prototype for a three-hole hitter, but he does a lot of stuff that's good for us."
Ventura said that every time he thought of sitting Dunn, the slugger has gone deep and has humorously reminded his manager of that fact. Dunn has hit just .181 during June, albeit with eight homers, but intends to use the All-Star break to recover a bit -- even though he was selected to participate.
"These four days coming up are huge to the second half," Dunn said. "Those things that are bothering you, you need to heal them up and get ready for the second half."
Dunn went 1-for-2 with a walk against Romero, and 1-for-3 overall on Saturday.