The White Sox called up outfielder Jordan Danks from AAA Charlotte to replace Kosuke Fukudome, who is headed to the disabled list with a strained right oblique, the team announced Thursday.
Danks, 25, is considered one of the best defensive outfielders in the Sox system, and he's having a good year at the plate batting .302 with eight home runs, 15 doubles and 28 RBI. Danks is the younger brother of Sox pitcher John Danks, who is on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain but is expected back soon.
Fukudome, who is 7-for-41 (.171), was injured swinging a bat during Sunday's game against the Mariners.
Danks, the younger brother of White Sox pitcher John Danks, is hitting .302 (58-192) with 15 doubles, eight home runs, 28 RBI and 32 runs scored in 57 games. His OPS is .934, and he ranks fourth in the International League in on-base percentage (.419) and walks (40).
Danks' batting average over five minor-league seasons is .262. He will join the team for its game against the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
After saying Fukudome's injury was in his back and then a ribcage issue, the team clarified it for the first time Thursday by identifying his right oblique as the problem area.