Danks Watch is destined for a third day.
The White Sox plan to decide on Wednesday whether or not John Danks will return to the team’s starting rotation, perhaps as soon as Friday against the Miami Marlins. Danks reported feeling good after he threw a bullpen session on Tuesday in front of manager Robin Ventura and the club’s decision makers.
Danks, who has a 3.18 ERA in four minor league rehab starts, believes he’s ready to rejoin the White Sox. He hasn’t pitched in the majors since May 19, 2012 and underwent season-ending shoulder surgery on Aug. 6.
“It’s been a long process,” Dank said. “Hopefully it ends this weekend. I knew it was going to be a long process. We’re still not there. Try to get in a game and get a better feel. There’s a light at the end of the season. It’s been long lost season and it’s hard to watch. I’m getting excited about getting back out there.”
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Ventura said the team plans to wait until after it is determined how Danks feels on Wednesday to make its decision. Mostly, Ventura said he watched the ‘pen to make sure he didn’t see any outward signs Danks is in any kind of pain. Ventura has acknowledged all along he has a tough choice to make because it will result in either Hector Santiago or Dylan Axelrod moving to the bullpen.
“So far, it has looked good,” Ventura said. “He throws here, it feels good tonight, tomorrow and then we’ll be able to do it because you are dealing with other people when you have decisions like this.”
The White Sox said reports on Danks thus far have been positive. The left-hander’s stuff has improved with each outing and he feels positive about the direction. The only red flag is the 13 walks issued and two hit batters in 22 2/3 innings in the minors.
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“I feel like I’m close to getting where my stuff was before I got hurt so, stuff-wise there wont be too much of a drop off,” Danks said. “My biggest thing is throwing the ball where I want to and making it do what I want it to do.”
Beckham at short
Although he played shortstop at Triple-A Charlotte on Monday, Gordon Beckham isn’t switching positions, Ventura said. The White Sox instead wish to take a look at Beckham at shortstop to determine whether or not he can handle the position in a limited role.
Ventura said Beckham worked out at shortstop this spring but never played in a game.
“When everybody starts getting healthy you can only fit so many people in certain sports,” Ventura said. “Alexei’s the shortstop. But in case you need somebody there, is (Beckham) able to do that? That’s more of a reason to have him do it. I want him to play second base here. But for one game, or if something happens before you could get somebody up here, would he be able to do it? … You start to find out if he’s comfortable.”
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Beckham is 6-for-13 with two RBIs and four runs scored in three rehab games.
-- According to Elias, Monday’s win, one that snapped Jon Lester’s six-game winning streak, was the fifth time since 2004 the Sox have ended a season-opening winning streak by a pitcher of at least five games. The others: Trevor Cahill (6-0 in 2011), Carlos Silva (8-0, 2010; 5-0, 2004) and Rich Harden (5-0, 2008).
-- Infielder Angel Sanchez (back) is 4-for-18 with three RBIs in six games in his rehab at Triple-A Charlotte.