Adam Dunn swung free and easy during batting practice Friday night, and the Chicago White Sox's designated hitter believes he could return to the lineup as soon as Saturday.

"It's to the point now where I get it," said Dunn, who will not start for the eighth consecutive game because of a right oblique strain. "It's not going to feel 100 percent. I get it.

"My whole thing was, I don't want it to be one bad swing and one anything and the season is over. That's my big concern. When I swung today, it felt fine. See how it goes today."

Dunn appeared comfortable during batting practice, and even manager Robin Ventura didn't rule out Dunn returning to the lineup Saturday.

"I watched him swing a little bit today," Ventura said. "I want him to get out here and swing more in a controlled (batting practice) session. Once you get in a game, guys throwing changeups and you try to hold up and swing, it becomes different. He can swing it. I'd just rather him get out here and he's looking more like (Sunday) or Sunday to get in the game.

"It's more take a swing and make sure it feels good. I want to have him go through this step first before you just throw him out on the field and you lose him for eight more days again."