Fukudome's departure gives Jordan Danks a confidence boost

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Fukudome's departure gives Jordan Danks a confidence boost

Rookie Jordan Danks did enough in his limited opportunities for the White Sox to designate veteran outfielder Kosuke Fukudome for assignment on Friday afternoon.

Fukudome, who had been on the disabled list since June 7 with a strained right oblique, played four games this week in a rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte. He was activated off the DL prior to the move.

Fukudome hit .171 in 21 games for the White Sox this season before his injury.

Danks, the younger brother of pitcher John Danks, had his contract selected from Triple-A Charlotte on June 7. He is hitting .385 in 13 at-bats with a stolen base in 10 games.

(Danks) does a lot of different things, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. He can play all three outfield positions. He can run. He did enough with the bat. Just different things, I think. Its good to give (Fukudome) a chance to go somewhere else and get playing time.

Danks said he understood the reality of his situation when he was first promoted to the majors and thought Fukudome could take his position when he returned. But Fridays announcement gave Danks a second boost as he knows he and Brent Lillibridge are now slated to share backup outfield duties.

When I first got called up, I knew it may only be temporary, Danks said. This does wonders for my confidence. Im glad to be sticking around.

Fukudome said sticking around Chicago after four seasons with the Cubs was a point of emphasis when he opted to sign a 1 million deal with the White Sox in Februrary.

The Japanese outfielder signed a four-year, 48-million deal with the Cubs before the 2008 season. He hit .262 over four seasons with the Cubs and hit a career-high 13 homers in 2010.

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four of the team's top-10 prospects and a former All-Star are among the 19 nonroster invitees to White Sox big league camp this spring.

The team announced Monday that prospects Michael Kopech, Zack Collins, Zack Burdi and Spencer Adams have all been invited to camp next month. Everth Cabrera, an All-Star in 2013 for the San Diego Padres, Cody Asche, Cory Luebke and Geovany Soto are among the eight minor league free agents who also received an invitation. Pitchers and catchers report to camp in Glendale, Ariz. on Feb. 14 while the team holds its first full-squad workout on Feb. 18.

Kopech was acquired in the Chris Sale trade in December while Collins and Burdi were both selected in the 2016 amateur draft. Adams was drafted in 2014.

Signed earlier this month, Soto is expected to earn a spot on the 25-man roster. Soto, who played for the White Sox in 2015, finished last season with four home runs and an .809 OPS in 86 plate appearances for the Los Angeles Angels.

Cabrera, who produced 4.6 Wins Above Replacement between 2012-13, hasn't played in the majors since he appeared in 29 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 2015. Luebke, who has twice had reconstructive elbow surgery, finished with a 9.35 ERA in nine games for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. Asche blasted 31 homers with a .240/.298/.385 slash line in 1,287 plate appearances since 2013 with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Other minor league free agents include: left-handed pitcher David Holmberg, right-handers Blake Smith and Anthony Swarzak, and catcher Roberto Pena.

White Sox minor leaguer pitchers Aaron Bummer, Brian Clark, Jace Fry and Matt Purke, infielders Nicky Delmonico and Danny Hayes, and outfielder Courtney Hawkins also have been invited to camp.

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