Just when the White Sox were turning a corner...
Just when John Danks was making some strides...
The injury bug has reared its ugly head.
"Seems like if it's not one thing it's something else at this point,'' said Danks, who is headed to the 15-day disabled list with soreness in the the back of his left shoulder.
An MRI was performed, and Danks and manager Robin Ventura do not believe the problem area, the subscapularis - a major muscle in the rotator cuff - presents a serious issue. The optimistic expectation is that Danks goes on the DL retroactive to Sunday, will miss starts against the Indians at home Friday and the Rays at Tampa on Wednesday before returning to pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 5 at U.S. Cellular Field.
"We're just getting out in front of it and making sure we take care of him,'' Ventura said.
Left-hander Jose Quintana will be called up from AAA Charlotte to pitch in Danks' spot against the Indians on Friday night when the Sox open a three-game series against the AL Central leaders. Quintana pitched 5 1/3 innings of one-hit relief in Cleveland on May 7. He'll likely get two starts.
Danks said he first experienced trouble in the shoulder in his start against the Cubs on Saturday. After pitching 6 1/3 scoreless innings, he was taken out after 83 pitches. Ventura said after the game that Danks looked "a little fatigued.'' Danks kept the problem quiet and hoped to pitch his way through it.
Danks told general manager Ken Williams, Ventura and trainer Herm Schneider that he could pitch Friday, but after discussing it with them, "better to be safe than sorry,'' Danks said.
"I'm bummed about it but I'm looking forward to getting healthy,'' Danks said. "I'll be well-rested for the second half of the season.''
Danks (3-4, 5.70), who signed a $65 million, five-year contract extension during the offseason and was the Sox' Opening Day starter, has the seventh-highest ERA.
"I think it was one of those where he kind of felt it, and every day since then, he's been noticing it,'' Ventura said. "It's nothing serious, but nothing we really want to mess with this early in the season.''
The oddity is that Danks' velocity was back up against the Cubs after it had been slightly down before that. His command was better, too.
"I was hoping [the Cubs game] would be a jump-start to the season, and now here we are,'' Danks said
"I'm just going to try and stay positive, get my work in, get healthy and be healthy for June up.''
White Sox' Danks headed to disabled list
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