MINNEAPOLIS -- Adam Dunn could return to the White Sox lineup as soon as Saturday against the Twins.
Dunn, who is dealing with a strained right oblique, missed his seventh straight game on Friday. He originally sustained the injury in Baltimore during the last week of August.
He took batting practice prior to Friday's game for the first time after doing some cage work earlier in the day.
"When I swung today, it felt fine," Dunn said. "Going to take batting practice and you know, swing normal. Let it eat and see how it goes today. The plan is to be in there tomorrow."
Dunn said he initially returned too quickly from the injury, playing a game in Detroit and three against Minnesota earlier this month.
As a result, White Sox manager Robin Ventura is understandably not as eager as Dunn to say he'll play on Saturday.
"I watched him swing [in the cage] a little bit today," Ventura said. "I want him to get out here and swing in a controlled BP session. Once you get in a game ... it becomes different. He can swing it. It's just I'd rather get him out here [for BP].
"It's probably looking like tomorrow or Sunday for him to play."
Even when Dunn is healthy enough to return, that won't necessarily mean he'll be 100 percent. That likely won't come until the offseason.
"If this is in April, I'm probably going to give it as much time until it feels really good," Dunn said. "I don't have that luxury if I want to play again [this year]. If I wait till it felt 100 percent, then we'd have to play probably until Thanksgiving. I don't see it feeling 100 percent.
"As long as it's healed up to where I'm not going to get back to where I was a week ago, then I'm fine. Let's do it."
Rotation shuffle gives Quintana extra rest
MINNEAPOLIS -- White Sox left-hander Francisco Liriano will face his former team on Saturday.
The rainout of Thursday's White Sox-Tigers game prompted manager Robin Ventura to shuffle his starting rotation on Friday. With Chris Sale's start moved to the series opener against the Twins, Liriano was shifted to Saturday. Jake Peavy will still start Sunday's series finale at Target Field.
Jose Quintana will start Monday's scheduled makeup game against Detroit and Gavin Floyd will make his second start since coming off the disabled list on Tuesday against Kansas City.
"We just feel it's the right thing to do," Ventura. "We're also taking care of Quintana. He threw a lot of innings the last time out. We're protecting him, giving him an extra couple of days. He doesn't miss any starts the rest of the way. More just getting him more rest.
"Gavin coming back, being off the DL, you give him that extra day, too."
White Sox recall righty Marinez from Triple-A
MINNEAPOLIS -- The White Sox added yet another pitcher to their roster on Friday by recalling right-hander Jhan Marinez from Triple-A Charlotte prior to their series opener against the Twins.
Marinez is the 18th pitcher on the White Sox roster, which now includes 35 active players.
After being acquired as part of the Ozzie Guillen trade with Miami, the 24-year-old posted a 4-2 record and 2.86 ERA in 40 relief appearances for Charlotte this season. Marinez's 65 strikeouts slotted him fifth among all International League relievers in strikeouts per nine innings.
He pitched 1 2/3 shutout innings in his only action for the White Sox on July 13 in Kansas City.
Manager Robin Ventura said the club simply wanted to add another arm to its arsenal.
"We're using a lot of guys," Ventura said. "They were talking about bringing Marinez up earlier in the year but once their season was over they decided to bring him up."
Jordan Garretson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.