Adam Dunn was forced to sit out this afternoon’s game with back spasms:

Moments before the Reds began Sunday’s game vs. the Cubs, it was learned that left fielder Adam Dunn was scratched because of back spasms.

Josh Hamilton started in Dunn’s place and batted third. It was not known how long Dunn might be out of action.

In the past three years, missing games for any reason has been a rarity for Dunn. The 27-year-old has played in at least 160 games the previous three seasons.

While playing in all 11 of Cincinnati’s games before Sunday, Dunn is batting .326 (14-for-43) with four home runs and eight RBIs.

John Fay relayed a pretty good story:

Adam Dunn says he’ll definitely start Monday’s game. Dunn told a funny story about him mom calling him in the clubhouse.

“What’s wrong, Adam?”

“Just back spasms. No big deal.”

“Don’t lie to me. What’s really wrong?”

Seems the Dunner’s mother couldn’t believe back spasms would keep him out. But he said they were pretty severe. It was the first time he’s ever had them.


I hope Dunn plays tomorrow. With Eric Milton on the mound, the Reds might need the extra offense.