Dunn out vs. Tigers; Youkilis returns

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox will be without designated hitter Adam Dunn for a fourth consecutive game due an oblique strain on Monday, but welcome back third baseman Kevin Youkilis after he missed the last three games due to the birth of his child.

Dunn originally suffered the injury against the Detroit Tigers on Aug. 31 and missed the following two games. He returned to play three games against the Minnesota Twins from Sept. 1-3 and has since been out again.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said prior to Monday’s game against the Tigers that he is unsure whether Dunn will play in the four-game series at U.S. Cellular Field.

“He has a chance at some point, but again you don’t know until he’s moving around, swinging the bat, then you find out,” Ventura said.

Dunn is hitting .208 with 38 home runs and 88 RBIs this season. He leads the majors with 96 walks and 194 strikeouts and is tied for second in home runs.

Youkilis missed the White Sox’s series against the Kansas City Royals to be with his wife. He has hit .242 with 12 home runs and 38 RBIs in 59 games with the White Sox this season.

“Baseball always comes second to family,” Youkilis said. “It’s been a great weekend. It’s good to be back with the team. We’re just excited. The family is excited for me to come back and keep this team in first place.”