KANSAS CITY -- After missing seven games with a right oblique strain, Adam Dunn returned to the White Sox lineup with a bang.
In his first three games back, Dunn went 5-for-12 with a double, a home run, two RBIs, a walk and three runs scored. The slugger got the start at designated hitter for the first time since his return in Tuesday's game against the Royals after playing the first three at first base. He said there's nothing to the position switch and that he's feeling good.
"When you're out there moving around, I'm going to have to make sure I'm really on top of it, stretch a little more than I normally do kind of in-between at-bats," Dunn said. "But it should be fine."
The experience was a rarity for Dunn, who's rarely missed extended time because of injury. He played in at least 152 games each season from 2004-10. A lengthy slump limited him to just 122 games a season ago, but Tuesday marked his 137th game.
He said the treatment he received for his recent injury was the most he's ever gotten in his career.
"I've never been hurt. I've never had anything wrong with me, and the things that I have had wrong with me I never got treatment for because it wasn't anything other than pain," Dunn said. "This is by far the most treatment I've ever got in my life."
Dunn also elaborated on the different kinds of treatment he received, including acupuncture and something he described as "they freeze you."
"We did everything to try to get it going as quick as possible. It was eight hours, probably not eight hours, but it felt like it," he said.
It seems to have paid off. Manager Robin Ventura said Dunn is looking good.
"He's looked fine. He looks normal. You just go by that," Ventura said. "And we don't see any more of the winces if he swings or does anything, so you just let him play."
Dunn went 0-for-3 with a strikeout and a walk in Tuesday's 3-2 victory.