Adam Dunn said he can perform non-baseball activities without pain.

But it's swinging a bat that will determine how soon he can return to the White Sox lineup.

Dunn reported that his right oblique strain was healing quickly, thanks to treatments by trainer Herm Schneider that included constant pressure on his side.

"He just had his fingers in it for 45 minutes," Dunn said before missing his second start. "I told him I wasn't crying. He wasn't going to make me cry. It was close, but he wasn't going to make me cry. It's fine. I don't know how it's going to feel swinging, but as far as the everyday life stuff, it's a lot better (Sunday)."