GLENDALE, Ariz. — Adam Dunn figures sometime around Thanksgiving he will begin to worry about his baseball future.
The 34-year-old White Sox slugger is in the final year of his four-year, $56 million contract. While he expects to be playing somewhere beyond this season, he has enough to think about in the present, what with maintaining his place on a rebuilding Sox team, dabbling in left field this spring and possibly making a quick trip to the Oscars.
"I can't control what happens," Dunn said Monday at Camelback Ranch. "I can control what happens here in about 30 minutes at stretch and that's about it.
"As of right now, today, yeah, I plan on coming (back to play). Again I could go out and stretch and say, 'I'm done. I'm not having any fun.' But I don't see that happening today."
Dunn said he will have fun this spring as he sees some practice time in left field, where he has played a handful of games with the Sox. He figures he could play some interleague games in left field while Jose Abreu or Paul Konerko plays first base.
"I don't want to get ambushed out there (in left)," Dunn said. "The biggest thing is you go from being on the right side of the field to the left side, and it sounds like it's simple, but that's the biggest adjustment, other than obviously seeing the ball off the bat and things like that. You can work on that pretty good in batting practice."
Dunn repeated his mantra that he is not going to worry about splitting at-bats with Abreu and Konerko this season and said he will prepare like he is going to play every day.
"If I go out and do what I'm capable of doing, it doesn't matter," Dunn said. "Whatever is going to help win, I'm in. If I'm not swinging it good and everyone else is, I'll sit and watch and do that. But I don't plan on that happening."
Dunn also is considering some off-field fun this week with a possible quick trip away from spring training Sunday to attend the Academy Awards.
He is an investor in the production company that made "Dallas Buyers Club," which is nominated for best picture, and also had a bit role as a bartender in the movie.
Dunn said he has a chance to travel to Los Angeles but still is considering the details. He is most concerned with how his coaches and teammates feel about the trip above what fans might say about him missing time.
"I mean, realistically, how many times do you get to do something like this?" Dunn said. "I've gotten to do some pretty cool stuff in my life, but this would be one of them. I don't even think it's a big deal. If it's remotely an issue at all, then it's not worth it to me."
Manager Robin Ventura said Dunn should go. He said Dunn might play in Sunday's game - the third of spring training - against the Rangers and possibly be allowed to return Tuesday. Dunn said most players receive one day off during spring training.
"I'm not worried about setting precedence because it's a cool thing and he should be able to go enjoy it," Ventura said. "He has to invite me, but other than that, he can go."