DETROIT — Adam Dunn was scratched from the White Sox lineup Saturday with a strained right oblique.
Dunn strained it on a check swing during the Sox’ victory against the Orioles on Wednesday night.
Dan Johnson, who was called up from AAA Charlotte, replaced Dunn in the lineup as the designated hitter. Catcher A.J. Pierzynski will bat third in the first-place Sox’ important game against the second-place Tigers.
“I’m expecting to be back, you know, tomorrow,” Dunn said. “Stay here with Herm, knock out what we can. We have an 8 o’clock (Eastern) tomorrow so that might help.”
Dunn insisted he won’t go on the disabled list.
“No, no, no, no, no, no, no,” he said.
Dunn attempted to hit Saturday and decided to rest.
“If it was life and death I would try, I guess,” he said. “We still have a lot of games left.
“I already forced myself out there yesterday and shouldn’t have. I have been waiting for September to come around, this kind of playoff atmosphere and something stupid like this happens.”
Dunn said it hurts “breathing, sneezing, everyday life.
“Obviously Herm has seen a lot of them. He has a good program for this and I’m a quick healer. Hopefully it will be good to go tomorrow.”