Danks has minor shoulder tear


Danks has minor shoulder tear

An MRI revealed John Danks has a Grade 1 tear in his subscapularis -- a muscle in his throwing shoulder -- that will not require surgery, only rest. But there's no timetable for how long Danks will need off, let alone when he'll be ready to return to the Sox rotation.

"It's not thought to be anything real major," Danks said. "Get some rest and get back at it. I don't know any schedule at this point or anything. Its frustrating because it feels good one day and then it feels like crap the next day. So it is frustrating, but at the same time its good to actually know what were dealing with now.

"Its not anything worse, its just going to take a little longer I think than we first anticipated."

The word "tear" is certainly frightening, especially when you're talking about a pitcher's shoulder. Danks, too, shared that fear, as surgery likely would've cost him the rest of the 2012 season.

When you hear the word tear its kind of scary," Danks said. "I dont think its anything super major. I went out and pitched last week and felt fine, stuff was great. Its just having trouble bouncing back and this is the reason."

Danks, who hasn't started in the majors since May 19, threw four innings on June 12. But he experienced more soreness than expected following his outing and was checked out by renowned shoulder and elbow specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum, who found nothing serious going on in Danks' shoulder.

The diagnosis for Danks is a little worse than general manager Kenny Williams thought prior to Monday's game -- Williams viewed it as "general soreness" typical of spring training -- but without a timetable, it's tough to identify the impact the injury will have. It all depends on when Danks is healed and ready to throw again. He says it'll be at least a few days, as he needs to wait for the dye from Monday's MRI to clear his system.

While Danks' future is unclear, the Sox can take at least some comfort in how well Jose Quintana has pitched. And as long as his spot in the rotation is secure, the Sox won't need to rush Danks back.

"Its fortunate for where John is right now, on the disabled list, to be able to have an arm and a kid thats pitching the way the Quintana is, you give John as much time as he needs," Ventura said before Monday's game. "We dont want to rush him back and try to push him in there before hes ready. I think thats the cushion and the convenience of having a guy pitching as well as Q."

White Sox reinstate Avisail Garcia from DL, option Jason Coats

White Sox reinstate Avisail Garcia from DL, option Jason Coats

The White Sox announced on Tuesday they have reinstated outfielder Avisail Garcia from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Jason Coats to Triple-A Charlotte.

Garcia, who landed on the DL on Aug. 9 with a sprained right knee, was 5-13 with a home run and four RBI in three games during a rehab assignment with Charlotte.

The 25-year-old Garcia has a .240/.309/.378 slash line with nine home runs and 36 RBI in 86 games with the White Sox this season.

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In three stints with the White Sox this season,  Coats has a .189/.318/.324 slash line with one home run and three RBI.

The White Sox open a two-game set with the Philadelphia Phillies at U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday evening.

Kenny Williams on White Sox: 'We'll get it together'

Kenny Williams on White Sox: 'We'll get it together'

After starting off the season on a high note, the White Sox haven't had things go their way since then.

The White Sox went from being one of the top teams in the league toward the beginning of the season to, currently, No. 20 in our latest MLB Power Rankings.

White Sox Executive Vice President Kenny Williams commented on the year and what went wrong.

"We've got to get some things together," Williams said on Monday at the Field of Greens golf outing. "As everyone knows by now, we started off very well. Unfortunately things kind of unraveled and we lost some key members of our bullpen which didn't help and kind of spear-headed that unraveling.

"But we'll get it together and come out of this swinging."

See what else Williams had to say in the video above.

White Sox: Alex Avila will begin rehab assignment Monday in Triple-A

White Sox: Alex Avila will begin rehab assignment Monday in Triple-A

Alex Avila will begin his rehab assignment on Monday night in Triple-A Charlotte.

The White Sox catcher has been on the disabled list with a right hamstring injury since July 6.

Avila went out for a rehab assignment on July 20 but suffered a setback.

“I probably tried to rush back a little too quick and wasn’t ready,” Avila said. “It's frustrating. I’d like to be back, but you have to let nature take its course."

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In late April, Avila landed on the 15-day DL with the same injury while running the bases in a home game against the Texas Rangers.

Avila signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the White Sox in the offseason.