It was definitely the pain medicine talking on Wednesday.
At least that's what Adam Dunn was insisting on Thursday, after he once again was out of the lineup in the wake of a Tuesday emergency surgery to remove his appendix.
Dunn had spoken to manager Ozzie Guillen before Wednesday's finale of a two-game series in Kansas City and told him that he wanted to start in Thursday's home opener. When he woke up Thursday morning, however, reality set in.
"I thought I would be a lot better than what I am and it's very disappointing, actually," Dunn said. "I think that was the problem (Wednesday). I think I was on too good of (painkillers Wednesday) talking, so ... I tried everything (Wednesday) night and today to do it, and it ain't happening."
The original timetable for Dunn's return was five days, which would keep him on the bench for the four-game weekend series with Tampa Bay. But whether it's the fact that Dunn is stubborn or has that football player mentality, he has his own timetable.
"Timetable is tomorrow now," Dunn insisted before the White Sox beat the Rays, 5-1, in their home opener. "I just had to push it back a day. Hopefully tomorrow it will be better. That's what I'm shooting for."
Dunn said he actually started feeling something was wrong on Sunday, but by Monday night he knew it was getting serious.
"It was kind of like a two-day build-up, and after the Matt Holliday stuff I was kind of laying in bed Monday night and when it was really kind of bothering me pretty bad, and I realized that this has potential to be that," Dunn said. "I didn't want to let that linger on too long."
Dunn was introduced with the team for the Opening Day festivities and received a huge applause from the crowd, but that was not his goal.
"I'm really disappointed that I'm not playing in this game today," Dunn said. "I know it probably doesn't mean a lot, just another game to a lot of people, but home openers are really special especially when it's your first one (with a new team). I definitely wanted to be out there and it's not going to work."
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