Danks ready to take next step


Danks ready to take next step

Three weeks into a program that has him throwing 50 pitches (fastballs and changeups) off a mound every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, White Sox left-hander John Danks is ready for the next step in his rehab.

"Next week, I start throwing breaking balls, and we'll go from there," said Danks at SoxFest on Saturday, over five months removed from surgery to remove a capsular tear in his left shoulder.

Taking the step to throwing breaking pitches affirms that Danks has remained on schedule throughout the initial tests of how his arm would respond to throwing from the mound again, after he was restricted to playing catch for the first two months of his rehab.

"I haven't had any setbacks. This is my first rehab, so I don't really know where I'm supposed to be but Herm (Schneider) and the doctors--saw them a couple days ago--are very happy with where I'm at."

Where Danks is at is a stage where he is still exercising a bit of caution

"I'm not raring back and throwing it one hundred percent, but there's a little bit on it. I'm not just lobbing it in. I'm trying to push it as much as I can right now safely. I could throw it harder if I wanted to, but it probably wouldn't be in my best interest."

Robin Ventura recently announced intentions to hold Danks, as well as Chris Sale, out of the early games of what will be an extended Spring Training due to the World Baseball Classic, but the announcement didn't faze Danks, or alter his goals.

"I kind of knew that they would take it easy with me," said Danks, "I understand their concern and their caution with me, but at the same time I'm going to work and try to be ready to go."

With approval from Schneider and pitching coach Don Cooper that he's hit all the necessary markers in rehab, the target for Danks remains to be ready, and in the rotation for the start of the season.

"Health-wise, I should be ready by then," said Danks, "I'm going to be disappointed if I'm not ready by then. I feel like I'll be ready before then, but at the end of the day it's Robin Ventura, Rick Hahn, and Kenny Williams's call."

White Sox: Chris Getz's new player development role is to carry out 'vision of the scouts'

White Sox: Chris Getz's new player development role is to carry out 'vision of the scouts'

He may be limited on experience, but Chris Getz already has a strong idea about player development.

Getz -- who on Friday was named the White Sox director of player development -- worked the past two seasons as an assistant to baseball operations in player development for the Kansas City Royals. A fourth-round pick of the White Sox in the 2005 amateur draft, Getz replaces Nick Capra, who earlier this month was named the team’s third-base coach. A quick learner whom a baseball source said the Royals hoped to retain, Getz described his new position as being “very task oriented.”

“(The job) is carrying out the vision of the scouts,” Getz said. “The players identified by the scouts and then they are brought in and it’s a commitment by both the player and staff members to create an environment for that player to reach their ceiling.

“It’s a daily process.”

Getz, a University of Michigan product, played for the White Sox in 2008 and 2009 before he was traded to the Royals in a package for Mark Teahen in 2010. Previously drafted by the White Sox in 2002, he described the organization as “something that always will be in my DNA.”

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Getz stayed in Kansas City through 2013 and began to consider a front-office career as his playing career wound down. His final season in the majors was with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2014.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore hired Getz as an assistant to baseball operations in January 2015 and he quickly developed a reputation as both highly intelligent and likeable, according to a club source.

“He is extremely well-regarded throughout the game, and we believe he is going to have a positive impact on the quality of play from rookie ball through Chicago,” GM Rick Hahn said.

Getz had as many as four assistant GMs ahead of him with the Royals, who couldn’t offer the same kind of position as the White Sox did. Getz spent the past week meeting with other members of the White Sox player development staff and soon will head to the team’s Dominican Republic academy. After that he’ll head to the Arizona Fall League as he becomes familiar with the department. Though he’s still relatively new, Getz knows what’s expected of his position.

“It’s focused on what’s in front of you,” Getz said. “Player development people are trying to get the player better every single day.”

“With that being said, the staff members need to be creative in their thinking. They need to be innovative at times. They need to know when to press the gas or pump the brakes. They need to be versatile in all these different areas.”

White Sox name Chris Getz Director of Player Development

White Sox name Chris Getz Director of Player Development

The White Sox announced on Friday they have named former MLB infielder Chris Getz as Director of Player Development.

Getz replaces Nick Capra, who after five seasons in his position was named the White Sox third base coach on Oct. 14.

The 33-year-old Getz has spent the last two years with the Kansas City Royals as a baseball operations assistant/player development in which he assisted in minor-league operations and player personnel decisions.

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“I'm excited about the opportunity to help teach and develop young talent in the organization where my professional career began,” Getz said in a press release. “I was drafted twice, worked through the minor leagues, and reached the major leagues with the White Sox. Through this journey, I was able to gain an understanding of the individuals within this organization, who I respect greatly.  The director of player development is an important role, and the health of the minor-league system is vital for major-league success.  I look forward to putting my all into making the White Sox a strong and winning organization.”
White Sox Senior VP/general manager Rick Hahn added: “We are pleased to add Chris’ intellect, background and energy to our front office. He is extremely well-regarded throughout the game, and we believe he is going to have a positive impact on the quality of play from rookie ball through Chicago.”

Getz, originally a fourth-round selection by the White Sox in the 2005 MLB Draft out of Michigan, played in seven MLB seasons with the White Sox (2008-09), Royals (2010-13) and Blue Jays (2014).

Getz had a career slash line of .250/.309/.307 with three home runs, 111 RBI and 89 stolen bases.