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CHICAGO -- The bad news for Adam Dunn is that the back pain knocking him from Saturday's game in Los Angeles continues to be an issue. The good news is that it's not affecting the big man's swing.

"It only bothered me twice swinging and they were both on pitches that I shouldn't have even swung at," Dunn said. "So that's kind of a good punishment for me for swinging at them."

Dunn said that Sunday night's flight home from Anaheim was tough, but he tried to stand up and move around as much as possible. His biggest issue with the defensive component currently removed is getting loose before each bat.

"I have to probably go two or three batters before I normally do just to go and get loose again," said Dunn, who added that laying down makes the pain worse and sitting down makes it stiff. "Other than that, it's pretty much the same.

"Again, I never had any back problems. I don't consider this a back problem really. But I don't know. I guess it just has to run its course."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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