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Ballantini: White Sox's Dunn coming along

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Ballantini: White Sox's Dunn coming along

Saturday, April 9, 2011
Posted: 2:22 p.m.
By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

After experiencing what he called the worst pain yet from his appendicitis surgery on Friday, Adam Dunn arrived at U.S. Cellular Field fit and feisty, feeling better than he has since he underwent the procedure early on Wednesday morning.

The Wolverine healing powers have kicked in, Dunn said, fresh from an indoor hitting session. I knew it was only a matter of time.

Dunn was unaware that manager Ozzie Guillen had proclaimed on Friday that the slugger would need to sit out at least the five days doctors estimated hed be sidelined, and then prove to everyoneGM Ken Williams, hitting coach Greg Walker, doctors, his mom and dad, and new White Sox organist Lori Morelandhe was fit to return to action. But he didnt care, either.

I want to beat the prognosis and play by Sunday, Dunn said, adding that if all proceeds normally hell take batting practice on Sunday and potentially suit up for Sundays series finale vs. the Tampa Bay Rays.

Guillen stood firm.

I talked to Hermie White Sox trainer Herm Schneider and he said the progress is going slow but very sure, Guillen said. He said he was swinging at 50 so there's not a timetable yet. I don't think it's fair for us to say, This is the timetable; that's what we want to do. It's up to him. He's swinging the bat a little bit, and that's good news. I'm not a doctor, but when they open your body and you say five days, I don't care who you are, you're not Superman. I don't care how tough you are, that's going to get you.

Dunn said that he woke up this morning to a revelation.

I was on my side, and thats how I normally sleep, Dunn said. So I opened my eyes and said, whoa. I stood up and felt good, and said, now were in business.

Dunn said he wasnt swinging at 100, but it felt OK. And that means tomorrow is going to be great.

Of course, with Mark Teahen tapping out three hits, including a home run and an apparent game-icing two-run single in the eighth, Dunn realizes that theres no reason for him to speed back to action.

It is hard sitting out, but its a great feeling to know that whoevers in there taking your spot is more than qualified, if not better than you, like Mark yesterday. With this team it makes it a lot easier to not rush, because you know my replacements are going to pick up the slack.

Guillen estimated that Dunn would certainly play before the homestand runs out, however.

When? I don't knowwe have a long homestand, and I hope I see him before it ends, Guillen said. If not, we'll wait and see. If I say I hope it's Monday or Tuesday or Wednesday, then every day we have to come out and address it. From what I hear, I expect him to be back before next weekend.

Brett Ballantini is CSNChicago.coms White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox information.

White Sox Talk Podcast: The White Sox should be better than this

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White Sox Talk Podcast: The White Sox should be better than this

It's still April, but we all agree: the White Sox are underperforming as a team.

Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, Vinnie Duber and Chris Kamka break down the reasons why (1:30). What's going on with Ivan Nova and Ervin Santana? (5:20)

Could Dylan Cease be the answer sooner rather than later? (10:55)

Why the White Sox should be .500 (17:15).

What's going on with Jon Jay and how his signing is backfiring so far (19:30) and more.

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

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A White Sox team with raised expectations was supposed to beat the bottom of the barrel, but they haven't so far in 2019

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A White Sox team with raised expectations was supposed to beat the bottom of the barrel, but they haven't so far in 2019

The White Sox might not be destined for the postseason in 2019. They might not be destined to finish .500, what with the rebuild still grinding along on the South Side.

But this team spent spring training talking about raised expectations, a logical next step for a group of young players supposed to make up part if not much of the rosters of the future that will carry expectations of a lot more success. And while the individual improvements of Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson and and Eloy Jimenez and Carlos Rodon and Reynaldo Lopez are more important than whatever the win-loss record ends up being, there was a realistic hope within the fan base for more wins.

In part, that was due to the competition around these White Sox. The AL Central is aggressively weak, the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers further back in their own rebuilding efforts than Rick Hahn's front office ever was and the supposed "upper echelon" of the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins anything but terrifying. Outside of the Boston Red Sox (who to this point have been atrocious in defending their World Series championship), the New York Yankees (with a ridiculous number of players on the injured list) and the Houston Astros (generally taking care of business though not in first place in the AL West), did any other American League team look unbeatable during the preseason?

And yet, 23 games into their 2019 campaign, the White Sox have been knocked around by the American League — the good, the bad and the ugly of it.

Wednesday's 4-3 defeat to clinch a series loss to the Baltimore Orioles was particularly disheartening when it comes to which teams the White Sox will be able to take advantage of this season. The Orioles lost 115 games in 2018, the worst team in baseball, and things aren't exactly looking up this time around, either. Well, they just took two of three against the White Sox, knocking the South Side starting staff around enough that Ervin Santana's 4.2 innings of work Wednesday were the most of a White Sox starter in the series. Manny Banuelos and Ivan Nova went four innings apiece in the first two contests.

The Royals and Tigers? Those two teams combined to lose 202 games last season and seemed good bets to finish with worse records than the White Sox this season. That can certainly still happen, but so far the White Sox have split six games against the Royals and dropped two of three in their first series against the Tigers last weekend.

They've split two games with the Indians. They went a gross 1-5 against two surprise division leaders, the Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners. The only team the White Sox have a winning record against is the aforementioned Yankees thanks to taking two of three in The Bronx earlier this month.

A rebuilding team not expected to make the playoffs losing to a smattering of teams including two of the best in the game to this point is not surprising. No one should pretend that other teams aren't seeing the White Sox in the same light White Sox fans see the Royals and Tigers and Orioles. The White Sox lost 100 games last year, too.

But if the expectations have truly increased, if there is progress truly being made, then these are the teams the White Sox should be showing that progress against. They haven't.

Now, individually, things are a bit of a different story. This series in Baltimore featured no starting pitcher that can be considered a part of the White Sox long-term plans, and Nova and Santana turning in losing efforts against the Orioles, no matter how frustrating, doesn't really have negative consequences for the future. Anderson and Moncada are still batting over .300, Jose Abreu could be in the middle of an early season turnaround, and the bullpen only gave up two runs in three games despite pitching more than 12 innings. In the end, what the young guys do will be what's most important, not the White Sox record against any individual team this season.

But the frustrations can be understood — and surely they're being felt inside the White Sox clubhouse as much as they are outside it — because taking care of business against teams expected to be at the bottom of the standings was supposed to be one of the examples of progress, one of the examples of improvement. The White Sox haven't taken care of business against those teams yet this season.

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