CHICAGO -- Day 7 of the Adam Dunn watch ended much like the previous six did: the designated hitter out of the lineup, with no return in sight.
"He feels it still, and it's just not worth it," manager Robin Ventura said of Dunn's strained right oblique. "It's at the point where he could probably re-injure it if he goes out there and plays."
A horde of media members waited by Dunn's locker prior to Thursday's series finale against the Tigers to get the latest, but Dunn never appeared, because there was nothing new to report, a team spokesman said.
Dunn and the White Sox, who entered Thursday one game ahead of Detroit in the American League Central, are taking their time with the injury. They learned their lesson a week ago, when he returned too quickly after sustaining the injury in Baltimore the last week of August. He played the first game of a series at Comerica Park and then three home games against Minnesota from Sept. 3-5 before being relegated to the bench.
The injury continues to be less bothersome for everyday tasks, but swinging in game situations is a different story.
"It's one thing just going into the cage and taking swings," Ventura said. "It's another thing to swing and miss and check swing and stuff like that. When [head athletic trainer Herman Schneider] gives him the clean bill, we'll play him."