Adam Dunn left Saturday's game with back spasms. AP PHOTO
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- A day after coming out of the game with back spasms, Adam Dunn was back in the White Sox lineup as the designated hitter.
"It doesn't bother me this much this way (side to side) or like it was last night, more vertical, up and down, so we're going to roll with it," Dunn said Sunday morning after taking some swings in the batting cage at Angel Stadium.
Dunn said coming out of the game was was more painful than the back itself. He felt something bending over in the batter's box before he sharply singled in two runs during the fourth inning to give the Sox a 4-0 lead.
Dunn tried coming back too soon from an appendectomy two years ago and from an oblique strain last year. Both cases set him back, so it was somewhat surprising the Sox didn't give him a day off just to play it safe.
"If I felt like going down there, anything, again, I'm going back to what happened last year ... There are times where the Tommy Tough Guy doesn't work out too well for you,'' Dunn said. "And so I was really making sure I like where everything is. I don't want one game to screw up three weeks. But I felt good enough to think I 'll be fine."
Dunn has eight hits in his last 19 at-bats with four homers and 10 RBI in the last five games. As luck would have it, the back issue popped up just when he was getting hot.
"That's what I was thinking last night,'' he said. "I don't know how long these things last. I'm hearing from one person it's two days. I'm hearing from another person up to a week. I didn 't know what to expect when I woke up this morning. I was sore, but it felt like after a cramp. That's all I can explain. I can deal with soreness."
He said it is much improved.
"A ton. Not even the same category,'' he said. "Yesterday was pretty bad. Now it's good, it's fine.
"It's nothing that I don't think will be a long-term deal."