ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A struggling Adam Dunn is expected to be dropped in the lineup when the White Sox resume their series at Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
With the White Sox’s losing streak now at six and Dunn doing little to help on offense, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he would probably make the move to a new No. 3 hitter all while trying to downplay his decision.
“I might move him down a little bit just to make sure he relaxes,” Guillen said. “That’s the type of hitter where if you’re out for five, six, seven days it takes a little while to come back and regroup. … We’re going to stick with him.”
Since returning from an April 6 appendectomy that forced him to miss six games, Dunn is 2-for-23 (.087) with 14 strikeouts in six games. He has struck out three times in each of his last two games played.
Dunn isn’t the one struggling on the White Sox right now, but his lack of production is the most alarming. The White Sox are batting just .205 in their last 10 games (67-for-327) with 29 runs scored, after batting .319 with 52 runs scored in the first seven games.
During their six-game losing streak, the White Sox have managed just 12 runs, and have scored just one run total in back-to-back defeats to the Rays.
When thinking about who he might put in the No. 3 hole instead of Dunn, Guillen put his head down and let out an exasperated laugh.
“Right now it’s hard for me to pick,” Guillen said. “Carlos [Quentin] is giving good at-bats and fighting for his at-bats, and maybe we’ll move him up for a couple of days to see how that works.”
Guillen said he still wants to move Dunn back to the No. 3 spot once he regains his stroke.
“They have to go there and enjoy themselves,” Guillen said, shortly before fetching a beer from the mini fridge in his office. “They’re good, and we know they’re good. They know they’re good. We will come out of it soon before I need a new liver.”