Dunn remains sidelined; Youkilis returns

Dunn remains sidelined; Youkilis returns

CHICAGO -- A strained right oblique muscle cost White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn his fourth straight game and sixth in the last nine. White Sox manager Robin Ventura said that Dunn was day to day on Monday and Tuesday "he'll probably be hour to hour."

Dunn spoke after Monday's 6-1 White Sox victory and said there was marked improvement in the oblique area, while hoping to test it by swinging the bat before Tuesday's game.

"When we get down to minute to minute, it will be a lot closer," said a smiling Ventura. "He has a chance at some point. But again, you don't know until he starts moving around, swinging the bat.

"He has [had an MRI]. It's not clean, there's something there, but it's up to the player and how [he] heals. [White Sox head athletic trainer Herm Schneider] has got him in there doing stuff and everybody heals differently. So whenever he's healthy, he'll go."

Third baseman Kevin Youkilis returned to the White Sox lineup Monday after missing the weekend series against the Royals to be with his wife for the birth of their son.

"Baseball comes second to family. It's been a great weekend," Youkilis said. "It's good to be back with the team. We're excited, our family is excited and hopefully I can come back and keep this team in first place."