PHOENIX -- Right-hander Josh Collmenter starting for Arizona in Sunday's series finale means left-handed slugger Adam Dunn will be in the predominantly left-handed-hitting lineup after missing the first two Interleague contests, aside from a ninth-inning appearance as a pinch-hitter during Saturday's 6-2 victory. Dunn was hitting .294 with two homers and six RBIs in his last six starts, but now has to deal with inactivity at National League ballparks.
"This is something I never thought about," Dunn said. "You don't think about this kind of stuff until it gets here. I don't know what you do.
"It's why I hate Interleague. I hate it. I'm feeling so good again. ... Yeah, that's about right."
With Paul Konerko clearly the White Sox most productive hitter, manager Ozzie Guillen doesn't want to remove him from the lineup. So, Dunn was ready to take his turn in left field in upcoming Interleague games at spacious Coors Field against the Rockies and at Wrigley Field against the Cubs. But he will get his first chance Sunday in right at Chase Field, giving Carlos Quentin a day off.
"We're gambling tomorrow," said Guillen of Dunn's outfield start. "I need to get Adam some at-bats."
"If that's the case, that would be fine," said Dunn, who has not played the outfield since 2009, but has been taking fly balls during batting practice for the past month. "I probably wouldn't be able to run down as much as Juan [Pierre], but if it's hit at me, I can catch it."