Report: White Sox call up Jordan Danks


Report: White Sox call up Jordan Danks

According to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, the White Sox have called up Jordan Danks from Triple-A Charlotte to replace Kosuke Fukudome, who's been dealing with a ribcage injury since Sunday. Presumably, Fukudome will land on the disabled list -- a move manager Robin Ventura hinted at on Wednesday. Danks is expected to be in Chicago for Thursday's series finale against Toronto.

Danks will have to be added to the 40-man roster, which will sit at 38 when the move becomes official. Yesterday, the White Sox outrighted infielder Ozzie Martinez, removing him from the 40-man roster.

During his third season with Triple-A Charlotte Danks was outstanding, hitting .302.417.503 with seven home runs and five stolen bases. Swings and misses continue to be an issue for the little brother of John Danks, but he lowered his strikeout rate from 29 percent in 2011 to 25 percent in 2012 while walking in 17 percent of his plate appearances.

Danks has been drafted by the White Sox twice -- first as a 19th-round pick in 2005, and second as a seventh-round selection in 2008 after he completed a three-year tenure at the University of Texas.

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

On his 24th birthday, Tim Anderson’s present from home plate umpire Jim Wolf was his first major-league ejection.

In the fifth inning of the White Sox 3-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics, Anderson fouled off a pitch that landed in the opposing batter’s box. But A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell picked it up in what was ruled to be fair territory and threw the ball to first for the out.

Anderson pleaded his case saying the ball went foul. Wolf agreed, according to Anderson, which only further confused the White Sox shortstop.

“I told him that was BS,” Anderson said. “And he tossed me.”

Anderson said that he was surprised to be ejected so fast. So was manager Rick Renteria, who was thrown out moments after Anderson.

“I don’t want to get in trouble,” Renteria said. “The players having emotion, they are battling. I just think we need to grow a little thicker skin.”

Anderson said that he was appreciative of his manager coming to his defense.

“He kinda had a point and let me know he had my back,” Anderson said of Renteria. “Speaks a lot of him.”

A day after scoring nine runs on 18 hits, the White Sox failed to generate any offense on Friday. The team’s best chance came in the ninth inning.

But with runners at the corners and two outs, Matt Davidson put a good rip on the ball to center field, only to fly out at the warning track.

Anderson and Renteria were watching the game together in the clubhouse, and both believed the White Sox had tied the ballgame.

“We all jumped up and were excited but it kind of fell short,” Anderson said.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Exclusive interview with Mark Buehrle


White Sox Talk Podcast: Exclusive interview with Mark Buehrle

On the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien goes 1-on-1 with the star of the weekend, Mark Buehrle.

Buehrle tells an absolutely amazing bachelor party story and discloses why he wore No. 56.

Take a trip down memory lane and listen to the White Sox Talk Podcast here