Adam Dunn's big regret in the aftermath of his emergency appendectomy was not being able to be in the starting lineup for the home opener last Thursday.
Dunn's Chicago debut came later than expected, but he finally received the applause during Tuesday's 6-5 win over Oakland, when he returned to the starting lineup after missing six games.
"It feels good enough," Dunn said before the game, speaking about his health, which wasn't yet 100 percent.
The big concern with Dunn was his ability to run, which was questioned up until Monday night by manager Ozzie Guillen. But the Sox did have Dunn up and ready in the dugout during that Monday loss to the Athletics, considering using him as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning. It didn't come to that, but Dunn got the start a day later in his usual designated hitter spot, and he went 1-for-4 with a walk.
"He was hungry to play," Guillen said. "I figured out, I love (chairman) Jerry Reinsdorf, and if this guy is sitting on the bench, he's making a lot of money with no production."
Dunn hit a homer in the season opener in Cleveland, but he has yet to go deep again. The Sox signed him to a four-year, $56 million contract in December with the hopes that he would be giving them much needed power from the left side. Guillen doesn't know when Dunn will get on a roll and show that power, but the manager knows it's coming.
"I don't care if he hits 500-foot home runs as long as he hits 50 (of them)," Guillen said. "I don't care if the home run is, what, 336 feet or 500 feet. They count the same. That's his goal. I hope when he hits it there are a lot of people on base, and when he hits it, we win games. That's all that counts."
With Dunn back in the starting lineup, the Sox were able to return Alex Rios back to his No. 6 spot in the batting order. Rios had been batting third in Dunn's absence.
Guillen said the White Sox would check Dunn out Wednesday morning to gage how sore he is, but the team trainers felt confident that there were few concerns with his return.
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