Adam Dunn took batting practice Friday and hopes to be in the lineup Saturday.

Dunn, who missed his seventh consecutive start, said his strained right oblique is much improved. He said Friday was the best it has felt since he reinjured it last week.

"Hopefully I'm in there [Saturday],'' Dunn said.

"It's to the point now where I get it. It's not going to be 100 percent. I don't want it to be one bad swing and the season is over. That's my big concern.''

Hitting for the first time in a week, Dunn belted one batting-practice pitch into the top deck in right-center field. He also took controlled, non-aggressive swings. After BP, he took ground balls at first base.

Dunn said once he gets on the field, there will be no fear of re-injuring the oblique.

"Once I'm in there playing, I'm not changing anything,'' he said. "Not going to throttle back. Whatever happens, happens.''