MLB notes: Will White Sox slugger Adam Dunn be done at season's end?

This season may be White Sox slugger Adam Dunn's last in the majors. (Ralph D. Freso/Reuters/Files)

This season may be White Sox slugger Adam Dunn's last in the majors. (Ralph D. Freso/Reuters/Files)

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Adam Dunn would rather retire if he is not having fun playing baseball.

The Chicago White Sox designated hitter, who has never played in the post-season, would give up $15 million guaranteed next season.

"I'm not coming back just to come back for money or because I have one year left (on my contract)," Dunn told FOX Sports. "I'm not coming back to chase home run numbers or whatever. If I end up with 499 and I'm not having fun, see ya — 499 it is."

White Sox manager Robin Ventura doesn't see him hanging up his cleats at the end of the season.

"I don't see him not playing (next season)," Ventura said. "I've heard a lot of guys say that, and they still play."

Dunn, who turns 34 Nov. 9, is batting a lowly .228 with 30 home runs and 80 RBIs to go along with 159 strikeouts entering Wednesday.

Meanwhile, veteran first baseman Paul Konerko wants to return to the White Sox next year, according to USA Today.

SURGERY UP TO HARVEY

New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey will have the final say on whether he will have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

"It's his body and he decides what's in his best interest," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told New York's WFAN.

Alderson also said that the decision to have or bypass the surgery will be made in the next two weeks.

Harvey suffered a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament after complaining about forearm tenderness following an Aug. 24 game against the Detroit Tigers.

BYRD TALKS SUCCESS AT 36

Marlon Byrd, suspended 50 games last June for taking performance-enhancing drugs, is having the best season of his career at the age of 36.

After serving the ban, Byrd left the big-leagues to play ball in Mexico.

Upon his return to the majors this season, Byrd is batting .288 with a career-high 22 home runs and 78 RBIs between the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates.

"I understand why people are skeptical," Byrd told USA Today. "I just have to play hard and hopefully people will believe in me."

Byrd admits he's close friends with Victor Conte, the founder of BALCO, and says he has taken Conte's legal supplements since 2008. But it doesn't bother him.

"I'm always going to get questions asked of me, and I don't mind that. Really, I don't."

MAUER WORKING WAY BACK

Joe Mauer is continuing to progress back from the first diagnosed concussion of his career.

The Minnesota Twins all-star catcher took live batting practice Tuesday and Wednesday in Houston, but manager Ron Gardenhire still has no timetable for his return to the lineup.

Mauer has missed 15 games since experiencing dizziness during batting practice Aug. 20. He was placed on the seven-day concussion list before being transferred to the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.

Mauer is batting .324 with 11 home runs and 47 RBIs in 113 games this season.

BRIEFLY

Oakland Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick continues to rehab his sprained right wrist, but there is no timetable for his return ... The New York Yankees bumped struggling right-hander Phil Hughes from the rotation, reports ESPNNewYork.com ... The Chicago Cubs claimed pitcher Daniel Bard off waivers from the Boston Red Sox ... St. Louis Cardinals minor-league second baseman Brett Wiley was handed a 50-game suspension by MLB after a positive test for an amphetamine.


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