CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen met with struggling designated hitter Adam Dunn on Monday and let him know that he was going to ride the hot hands with every game meaning so much in the ballclub's attempt to catch Detroit.
Dunn is hitting .163 with 156 strikeouts, meaning the left-handed slugger could be on the bench for the foreseeable future.
"We had a little chat. It was nice. He understands my point. I understand his point," Guillen said. "When you have communication, people know what you have in mind. Like I said in the past, and I keep saying it, I did it to a few players, I'm not going to kick the guy when he's down. I will figure out how I will play him. I will figure out the best chance for him and the club."
Guillen said that Dunn could be used as a pinch-hitter, but it would depend on the situation. He also informed Dunn that he needs to stay prepared and not think the team forgot about him.
"I told him, 'I promise you I'm not going to talk down to you. I'm going to put you in the right place,'" Guillen said. "Check over the years, when somebody's not playing good for you or not for me, for any manager, it's the hitting coach, it's the pitching coach. It's somebody else's fault and they never blame themselves.
"He did. He said, 'Listen, I'm not playing the way I thought I would play.' He knows."