"Yeah, I think it's just whenever he's ready to go, he's ready to go. Just depends on how he does," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of Dunn. "That's the way we've talked about it."
With a potentially season-deciding, four-game home set with the Tigers beginning on Monday, Ventura isn't worried about Dunn trying to force his way back into the lineup before he's ready.
"We have a better idea watching him. You can tell if it's still bugging him," Ventura said. "I know he wants to play, but I think [White Sox head athletic trainer] Herm [Schneider] has a better idea this time. Watching him, we'll know a little more about how he's feeling."
Kevin Youkilis and his wife, Julie, welcomed a new son into the world on Friday. He is expected back on Sunday, or Monday at the latest.
Gavin Floyd is scheduled to throw a bullpen on Sunday to test his right elbow flexor strain once again, incorporating offspeed pitches for the first time since going on the disabled list. If that session goes well, Floyd could return to the rotation. But Ventura remains cautiously optimistic as far as the right-hander's return is concerned.
"He's got to have everything," Ventura said. "He has to be able to throw [offspeed] and feel like he can be effective doing that."