Adam Dunn's struggles at the plate are at critical again, his average down to .137 and his strikeouts up to 45. He hasn't had a home run or RBI yet in May after getting an RBI in five straight games from April 25 to 30.
That might have been more a reason for manager Robin Ventura sitting him Sunday against Angels lefthander C. J. Wilson.
``I've been trying to find spots to give Casper [Wells] some playing time and with Wilson going, it was a good time to get him in there,'' Ventura said of Wells playing left field and Dayan Viciedo as the DH.
``A day to have a breather is good,'' he added of Dunn, who is hitless in his last three games.
Ventura said Dunn and others may be trying to do too much at the plate. ``You get to a point where you do more than you need to do,'' he said.
Dunn has said he feels comfortable at the plate, but Ventura said the mental part of the game comes into play.
``A lot happens from the time you walk from the on-deck circle to the box,'' he said. ``Simple things are what we need to do.''
Ventura rarely held team meetings last season, a year when the Sox played well. He is hoping for the same this year after holding one before Saturday's game.
``I don't like them. I just think teams that scuffle have meetings a lot, so I don't want to have too many meetings,'' he said. ``Teams that win don't seem to have that many meetings because they don't need to.''
Ventura repeated that he had ``stuff to say'' about the team's sloppy play in general. ``There were things that needed to be said and I'm the guy to say it.''
The brief three-game home stand wasn't ideal in the schedule or in the outcomes. The Sox begin a new seven game, two-city road trip today to Minnesota and then Los Angeles for a rematch with the Angels.
The Sox are 7-11 on the road.
``Some years I've been on teams that were just better on the road for no particular reason,'' Ventura said. ``For us, I don't think it makes a difference right now. We just need to win a game, whether it's at home or on the road.''
Lefty John Danks threw six innings Sunday for Class AAA Charlotte in his latest rehab outing. He worked six innings allowing seven hits, three runs but two earned, with three walks and five strikeouts.
``As a whole my command was great and I was ahead in the count to a majority of hitters,'' Danks said. ``I had good stuff and I made the ball do what I wanted it to do.''
Ventura said Danks will throw at least one more minor league game.