Even though they've opened up a 2-game lead over the Tigers in the AL Central, every day seems to be a struggle for the White Sox.
Sunday is no different.
Adam Dunn is going to miss his third straight game with a strained right oblique, Kevin Youkilis (birth of child) is not back yet and Alexei Ramirez was a late scratch after arriving late to U.S. Cellular Field.
Here is today's Sox lineup:
Alejandro De Aza - CF
Ray Olmedo - SS
Dewayne Wise - LF
Paul Konerko - 1B
Alex Rios - RF
A.J. Pierzynski - C
Dayan Viciedo - DH
Jose Lopez - 3B
Gordon Beckham - 2B
Hector Santiago - LHP
That's not exactly what you want in the heat of a playoff race but we'll see how the White Sox fare against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie, who has beaten them twice this year while not allowing an earned run in 15.2 innings.
As for Dunn, he is hoping to be ready Monday night when the Sox play the first of four home games against Detroit.
"It's been nonstop treatment," Dunn said. "I came in on the off day (Thursday), did a treatment and every single second I've been here seems like I've been in treatment. See how it is tomorrow, probably, that's kind of my goal."
As for Gavin Floyd, his return is still up in the air.
Floyd is on the disabled list with a right elbow flexor strain and he threw roughly 50 pitches off the mound this morning, including curveballs.
“Everything felt a lot better,” Floyd said.
“A couple of times we stopped and it felt a little ... abnormal,” Floyd said. “But everything felt good.”