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He's undergone an appendectomy, had to leave town for a family funeral last week, and struck out with the bases loaded in the first inning of Tuesday's game against the Indians, to the by-now standard chorus of boos. The Onion reports that Major League Baseball has declared him no longer a "baseball player" but a "baseball participant." On the positive side, he's shown no sign of being the head case the north side has been afflicted with. But you've gotta think that Adam Dunn is feeling some existential dread—particularly at the thought of the three years and five and a half weeks remaining on his $56 million contract.
Still, things just may be looking up. While he's kept up his healthy strikeout rate, with 11 Ks over the past ten games to put him at 149 Ks for the year, he's also begun to hit a bit. In fact, he had hits in all three consecutive games against the Tribe this week—unprecedented! True, his last home run was back on August 4, but it was Gordon Beckham who played the goat in last night's 4-2 loss, making the final out in the second, fourth, sixth, and eighth innings and stranding seven of the ten runners who were left on base. And Dunn's batting average is now up to .168. Maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel.