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Some good news for White Sox fans: Adam Dunn took batting practice Friday and is hopeful
of possibly rejoining the lineup tomorrow. Dunn has been out a week with a recurrence of his strained right oblique. He told the Tribune's Mark Gonzales that he is feeling better. Said Dunn: "It's to the point now where I get it. It's not going to feel 100 percent. I get it. My whole thing was, I don't want it to be one bad swing and one anything and the season is over. That's my big concern. When I swung today, it felt fine. See how it goes today." Robin Ventura is encouraged. Said Ventura: "I watched him swing a little bit today. I want him to get out here and swing more in a controlled (batting practice) session. Once you get in a game, guys throwing changeups and you try to hold up and swing, it becomes different ... It’s more take a swing and make sure it feels good. I want to have him go through this step first before you just throw him out on the field and you lose him for eight more days again."
The White Sox are 24-11 when Dunn homers and 52-55 when he doesn't. Said Ventura: "(He's) a big part of the lineup. You lose your (No. 3) hitter for most of the year, it changes the dynamic of what your team does. He’s a game-changer. He can get in there, do damage and turn the game around."