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White Sox to use Adam Dunn in left field for interleague play

May 14, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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Last season Adam Dunn was hitting so poorly when interleague play began that the White Sox didn’t see much benefit to using him in the outfield to get his bat into the lineup.

Dunn made just two starts in the outfield all season on the way to hitting .159 with 177 strikeouts in 127 games.

This season, however, Dunn is back to his usual power-hitting, walk-drawing self and so manager Robin Ventura is willing to take a hit defensively to keep that production in the middle of the lineup once the White Sox start playing NL teams.

Dunn has 11 homers, nine doubles, and 28 walks in 35 games for a .993 OPS and Ventura told Chris Silva of ESPN Chicago that he plans to use the defensively challenged slugger in left field because “the way he’s swinging it and what he does for our lineup he needs to find a way to be in there.”

Dunn hasn’t started a game in left field since 2009 with the Nationals and has just 14 total innings in the outfield since then, but Chicago’s current starting left fielder, Dayan Viciedo, is hardly a defensive standout either and he’s hitting just .196.

  1. El Bravo - May 14, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Reason 2,367,310 why baseball is awesome. His name is Dunner, by the way…Chipper says so.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 14, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    My fantasy baseball team says Please do this 5 times.

    • Jeremiah Graves - May 14, 2012 at 6:39 PM

      It’ll take until mid-June or so before they play enough games in NL parks for it to happen. Nine total road games in interleague play this year, so there’s a good chance it’ll happen if he stays swinging a hot bat.

  3. jimmymarlinsfan - May 14, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    As scary as Adam Dunn is at the plate, that’s how scary he is in the outfield…and that’s what I remember from his Nats days and I don’t think DH’s get into better shape as they age sans the raised phoenix that is Big Papi who looks as good as ever after almost being run out of Boston a couple years back

  4. jwbiii - May 14, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Eh, we lived with Carlos Lee and Ron Kittle wandering around in left field for a few years. We can live with Adam Dunn for a few games.

    • jimmymarlinsfan - May 14, 2012 at 8:56 PM

      Fair enough but I think he lumbers around in the outfield like a blind, one legged sumo wrestler at an all you can eat sushi and rice buffet

      Love his bat though

  5. philliesblow - May 14, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    When told that Adam Dunn would be playing outfield, Delmon Young laughed out loud.

  6. jlovenotjlo - May 15, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    Sox need to attach an incentive to this for Adam to keep him moving out there, like bringing deep dish pizzas into the dugout every time he records a flyout.

    Seriously though, I know how Adam runs.. does anyone on here know if he’s got a left field worthy arm?

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