08/16/12 8:03 PM ET
Hudson still sore after taking foul ball off foot
By Chris Toman / MLB.com
Hudson, who had X-rays which came back negative, was forced to leave Chicago's 9-5 victory in the sixth inning and was not expected to play in Thursday's series finale.
"He could probably go in if he was going to hit right-handed," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said about the switch-hitter. "Not going to run too much. He's pretty sore, I would imagine I can't use him tonight."
The injury didn't completely dampen Hudson's return to Toronto, the place where he began his Major League career.
Hudson, who was a member of the Blue Jays from his rookie season in 2002 until '05, said he always enjoys playing in Toronto and catching up with old friends.
"It's always fun to come back here. I consider it like home," Hudson said. "It was my first team. I always enjoyed it here. It was a blast here.
"Lots of great people, I met a lot unbelievable people, great organization and I had a lot of fun here."
Hudson's fondest memories of playing in Toronto came when the Blue Jays would square off against the Yankees and Red Sox, a pair of division rivals, because of the atmosphere and increased attendance when those two clubs were in town.
The 11-year veteran had nothing but positive things to say about his time in Toronto, but added that he is very happy to be a member of the White Sox.
"We have a great chemistry in the clubhouse and off the field," Hudson said. "This is a team that gets along, we have a lot of fun, a great coaching staff. Everybody laughs and talks but we take the game seriously."
Dunn approaches milestone home run mark
TORONTO -- Adam Dunn knows he's approaching history, but the slugger is trying to keep his mind off it.
The next home run Dunn hits will be the 400th of his career, and although the milestone is something he will be proud of, he just wants to make sure it happens at a critical moment of the game.
"I'm indifferent, I don't care. I don't want to sound like it is no big deal, because I know it is, but I really don't feel any different," said Dunn, who entered Thursday's contest tied with the Rangers' Josh Hamilton with a Major League-leading 34 homers. "I figure it's going to happen, hopefully it happens in a big situation."
Dunn, who has homered three times in his past three games, including a mammoth three-run blast that broke open a seventh-inning tie Wednesday, said he has been feeling good at the plate for the past four or five days.
It was the 15th time this season that Dunn hit a home run to tie a game or give the White Sox a lead.
When Dunn hits the milestone shot, he will join Paul Konerko as the only teammates in Major League history to hit their 400th homer in the same season.
With No. 400 right around the corner, Dunn was asked about his thoughts on reaching 500.
"Let me get to 400 first, that's a lot. You start talking that number, that's a good one," Dunn said.
Dunn, who is on pace to finish with a career-best 47 homers, has more than tripled his home run output from last season and has hit 11 of his 34 versus left-handers after failing to connect once against southpaws in 2011.
"He has been a friend of mine for a long time, we do everything together. It is not surprising at all, everybody has one of those years," said White Sox role player Orlando Hudson, when asked if he was surprised a player of Dunn's caliber is coming off such an poor season. "He's over it, came back out and he's having a great year this year.
"[We're] about to witness history again with his 400 home runs."
Dunn is tied with Al Kaline and Andres Galarraga for 50th on the all-time home run list.
De Aza, Beckham sit out series finale
TORONTO -- Manager Robin Ventura gave leadoff hitter Alejandro De Aza and second baseman Gordon Beckham the night off for Thursday's series finale against the Blue Jays.
Part of the reason behind that is the artificial turf at Rogers Centre.
"De Aza a day, the turf, get him off there, get him fresh. He looks fine," Ventura said.
Dewayne Wise, who matched a career high with four RBIs on Wednesday, got the start in center and hit leadoff.
As for Beckham, Ventura wanted to get him some rest Wednesday, and held him out of the lineup, but was forced to turn to him once Orlando Hudson exited the game after fouling a pitch off his foot in the sixth inning.
Ventura also believes some fatigue has set in with Beckham.
"He just looks tired. Just getting him out," Ventura explained. "His bat, it's just part of that year, that time of year.
"It's a long year, this is one of them you can't really see the end yet. This is a tough time of the year."
Ray Olmedo got the start at second and batted ninth.
Ventura has juggled the lineup every night during Chicago's four-game set with Toronto, but his players aren't complaining. The first-year manager has the respect of his locker room.
"He's very laid back. He understands how tough this game is. He understands you aren't going to win every game, that's the good thing about playing for a guy like him," Hudson said. "He's been through it all. There is a great communication factor over here."
Paul Konerko, who has been out with a concussion since Aug. 7, will rejoin the White Sox in Kansas City on Friday, and is expected to play.
"It looks as though everything is fine and he will be able to play," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.
"I would say he is probably going to come out early and do some stuff and we will go from there. But everything leading up [to his return] looks fine."
After Konerko is cleared by the White Sox medical staff, he will then have to be cleared by Major League Baseball.
Ventura was a member of the White Sox when they lost to the Blue Jays in the 1993 American League Championship Series.
He said he remembers a very stacked Blue Jays team, which went on to win its second consecutive World Series, and a different atmosphere in Toronto.
"This wasn't a fun place to come in the early 90s," Ventura said. "They were a very tough team. Obviously, they won the World Series in '92-'93. It's different than it was back then. They would get 45,000-50,000 [people] in here, it's just a little different.
"The ball doesn't carry as well. When the roof was closed and you had those people in here, it was a good place to hit."
Chris Toman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.