Adam Dunn is out of the White Sox lineup for the sixth consecutive game with a strained right oblique.
"I don't even know how to kind of explain it,'' Dunn said before the Sox played the Detroit Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field on Wednesday night. "It feels fine when I pick up a bat and swing it (in the clubhouse) and then I go and try to hit and I don't know if it's because you tighten up or what, but it kind of grabs you. If it happens as bad as it was now, again, I'm done. As bad as it sucks, I'd rather miss today and try again tomorrow.''
Manager Robin Ventura indicated after Tuesday's 5-3 loss that Dunn might be closer, but there was no such luck on Wednesday. Against tough right-hander Max Scherzer, left-handed hitting Dan Johnson was in the lineup at designated hitter, and switch-hitter Orlando Hudson was playing second base in place of right-handed hitting Gordon Beckham.
Dunn is finding it increasingly frustrating to be on the bench in a September pennant race.
"It's terrible,'' Dunn said. "This is the part of the season where I know everybody's beat up, but this is the part of the season where ... this is it, this is what you want to be at: September, playing meaningful games and not being able to do anything, it's awful. I'd rather be out there not doing anything than what I'm doing now because it's terrible.''
Dunn wasn't sure how many swings he took to test the oblique Wednesday.
"It's definitely not worse and I do feel better,'' he said. "When I was swinging it, I could swing it. I could play, but I don't know how good I can swing and I would sure hate to swing and miss because that's part of my game and that would rip it off.
"It's felt better. Standing here doing normal stuff kind of feels fine. Problem is I have to swing a 34 ounce bat, which is not that bad until you really try to gear up for it and it's just not better yet.''