CHICAGO -- Adam Dunn is making gradual progress in regard to handling everyday activities with his strained right oblique.
"Sneezing is the one that really gets you," said Dunn, shaking his head.
But the one major roadblock for a possible Dunn return to the lineup stands as the power-packed designated hitter being unable to swing the bat.
"It's just swinging," said Dunn, who leads the White Sox with 38 homers and 88 RBIs. "And that's part that I kind of need to do."
Dunn missed the Sept. 1 and 2 games at Comerica Park due to this strain, but returned to knock out three hits in eight at-bats during the Twins series. He had a "jacked-up swing" in that series finale against Minnesota, causing him to aggravate the injury, and leading to his absence from the Royals series.
Whether Dunn will play any of the four games against the Tigers remains a day-to-day decision. But Dunn won't push himself too fast as he did in his Minnesota return.
"Looking back now, I probably would have missed a couple days in Minnesota and probably would have been fine now," Dunn said. "But me being stupid probably cost me a couple extra days, to be honest with you. I was trying to do things I'm not capable of doing, that's getting singles [against Minnesota]. That's not helping anybody.
"[Swinging] is terrible. It's like a hot knife. I can deal with an ankle. I can deal with anything. It gets to the point where it makes you mad because you sneeze and you're doubled over. It feels like you just ripped it in half and it just makes you mad, is what it does."