CHICAGO -- The return of Adam Dunn to the White Sox starting lineup sounds as if it's more likely to come this weekend at home against the Angels. The designated hitter has missed six straight games after having an appendectomy performed early Wednesday morning in Kansas City.
"Yeah, when he tells me he's ready to go, I am going to give him an extra day," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He talked to me yesterday. Every time he's running, he's uncomfortable there.
"We better wait to see how he's running the bases a little bit. Very cautious for us. Obviously the pain is going to be there. How much he is going to tolerate, that is the question."
Carlos Quentin started at designated hitter Monday against Oakland southpaw Dallas Braden, with Brent Lillibridge moving to right field. Mark Teahen was 5-for-10 with three RBIs over three straight starts this weekend at DH.
Peavy headed toward second rehab start
CHICAGO -- The White Sox player wearing No. 15 and throwing a 32-pitch side session Monday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field was not a new hurler being looked at by the team or second baseman Gordon Beckham converting to the mound.
It was Jake Peavy, who had to piece together a uniform since his bag did not arrive in Chicago from Montgomery, Ala. Peavy made his first rehab start for Double-A Birmingham on Friday and threw 71 pitches over 3 2/3 innings. He felt normal after that outing, which pitching coach Don Cooper pointed to Sunday as exactly what the White Sox want, and Peavy felt the same after his Monday bullpen as he gets ready for Wednesday's second rehab start with Triple-A Charlotte.
"Everything feels normal. A normal bullpen day on Day 3," said Peavy, who will be leaving Tuesday for Charlotte, N.C., and is targeting five innings and 80 pitches for this start. "Just got to make sure when I get back here, I'm just a normal guy and can throw six, seven or eight innings with 100-plus pitches.
"[White Sox general manager Kenny Williams] and Coop and those guys will make that decision. At the same time, there's no reason, maybe as a competitor, sure, I want to play. But we got guys here doing very well, and we're not on any kind of rush.
"Phil [Humber] is obviously throwing the ball great, as are the other starters," Peavy said. "And the boys are swinging the bat and playing good baseball. So there's no outside pressure by any means. I just got to get healthy, and when I'm healthy, I feel like I can contribute in whichever way they want me to do."
Taking into consideration Peavy's pitch count, Cooper projected at least three more starts for Peavy as he works his way back from rotator cuff tendinitis shutting down his comeback after a March 19 Cactus League start against the A's. Peavy ultimately is trying to come back from experimental surgery on July 14, 2010, to reattach the tendon that anchors the latissimus dorsi muscle to the rear of his shoulder.
Peavy plans to let loose on a few fastballs against Durham on Wednesday. He tried to push the envelope during his Spring Training comeback, but his body shut down. Now, he's feeling nothing but general soreness.
When the right-hander does return, there's a chance the White Sox could employ a six-man rotation, with both Peavy and Humber, on occasion. The veteran hurler, who will be wearing his normal No. 44 on Wednesday, has no problem working within that particular plan.
"Any time you can get any rest in between, it makes sense to do," Peavy said. "If you look back on numbers with an extra day of rest, I think I've always been better. You feel your day is stronger and your day is more recovered to pitch.
"You certainly have a routine, but my routine is not altered that much going on five days' rest as opposed to four. Phil threw the ball outstanding [on Saturday against the Rays]. I watched a lot of that game and was very happy. When the guy that replaces you goes out and does that, it's very encouraging and makes what I'm going through easier. I'm very proud for Phil."
Morel feeling at home from the start
CHICAGO -- For the final month of the 2010 season, Brent Morel basically served as the White Sox third baseman. He auditioned for White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and the coaching staff, with his stellar defense and ability to hit to all fields giving him the edge for the 2011 everyday job he currently holds.
Those 21 games and 19 starts also helped provide a big league comfort level going into the 2011 season for Morel, who was hitting .294 with six RBIs entering Monday's series opener with Oakland before going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in the 2-1, 10-inning defeat.
"Already playing in front of the whole coaching staff and playing next to all the infielders, it really helped me relax at the beginning of Spring Training," Morel said. "Last year was more of an evaluation type of thing. This year, I'm just trying to help the team win every game and doing what I can."
Guillen said Morel is ahead of both former White Sox third basemen Robin Ventura, who was in town this past weekend, and Joe Crede when they both started. But it's unfair to compare Morel to two of the franchise's best third basemen at this point.
"This kid is a baseball player. He is not an athlete," Guillen said. "When you are a baseball player, you have a chance to make it to the big leagues quicker, because you know how to play the game. You don't panic, you don't have to learn anything."
Konerko moves on quickly from honor
CHICAGO -- Paul Konerko earned co-American League Player of the Week honors with Cleveland's Asdrubal Cabrera after hitting .417 with three home runs and eight RBIs. But the White Sox captain rarely discusses individual accomplishments and held fast to that credo when asked about his fourth career weekly honor.
"I think I get a watch out of it," said Konerko with a smile. "What can you say? It's nice, but you think about it for five seconds and then you are already thinking about the next game."
Third to first
The White Sox have led in all 10 games this season. The White Sox have two losses in games during which they led after eight innings. The team finished 76-3 in 2010 when leading after eight. Mark Buehrle has retired 10 or more consecutive batters in a game 53 times in his career and twice this season. Paul Konerko extended his hitting streak to 11 games, dating back to Oct. 3, 2010. White Sox relievers are 1-for-5 in save opportunities.