Dunn was a scratch because of a tweaked oblique, according to Hayes. This year, Dunn’s batting a pedestrian .205 with 190 strike outs, but his power numbers have been strong. With 38 HRs, 88 RBIs, and an .820 OPS, his production would leave a big hole in the White Sox lineup. It’s a setback in a recovery season for the swing-and-miss slugger.
In his place, Dan Johnson, 32, will bat in the designated hitter position after his contract was bought from Class AAA Charlotte. He has yet to play a major league game in 2012 since his last season with the Tampa Bay Rays. While in the Charlotte, Johnson batted .267, 28 HRs, 85 RBIs, in 137 games in 2012 and will attempt to fill the void of Dunn.