Uncertainty surrounding John Danks

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Uncertainty surrounding John Danks

KANSAS CITY -- John Danks is still uncertain when hell next see the mound and admits his season could be in jeopardy.

Even though he hasnt played catch in nearly a week, Danks --- who is on the disabled list retroactive to May 20 with a left shoulder injury --- said Friday he expects to throw again in the near future. But even then he doesnt know what to anticipate.

As the summer creeps further along, Danks realizes its possible he might not pitch again this season.

That idea and the quest to fill his time has Danks, who signed a five-year, 65-million extension in December, going stir crazy.

Im losing my mind, Danks said. I guess us playing well, at least theres something to look forward to when you come to the ballpark every day. For me personally, it has been long and boring. Im losing my mind. I really am. I want to be out there. Im not enjoying this, but it is what it is. Its part of the game and I have to deal with it.

The team had hoped Danks would return to the rotation by mid-to-late July. Danks said on Friday, however, hes not to the point where hes ready to go out and push it yet. He also has no rehab assignment yet on the schedule.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura reiterated the team would love to have Danks back, but will plan accordingly.

Right now the way I look at it, I hope hes coming back, but you have to prepare for the worst, Ventura said. And keep going. Im hoping Im wrong.

White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said on WSCR-670 AM on Thursday Danks isnt currently on his radar because theres no timetable for the left-handers return.

Danks said he couldnt disagree with the statement because of his health.

Thats where we are at right now, Danks said. We dont know. We all expected to be back well before today. So it is what it is. We are doing everything we know to do to get back. Its just we are at the mercy of my shoulder like weve been saying this whole time.

Danks is 3-4 with a 5.70 ERA in nine starts this season. His healthy return would seriously bolster the White Sox chances of making the postseason. If Danks is unable to return, the White Sox may need to add a starting pitcher before the trade deadline because its rotation features two first-year starters (Jose Quintana and Chris Sale) and Jake Peavy, who has battled shoulder issues the past two seasons.

It is progressing, Danks said. Everything looks like its healing the way we want it to, just not as quick as we wanted it to or thought it would. We have to deal with it.

Carlos Rodon plays catch but timeline for return still uncertain

Carlos Rodon plays catch but timeline for return still uncertain

Carlos Rodon played catch in front of Don Cooper on Monday afternoon but only added to the intrigue surrounding his health when he declined to talk to the media.

On the 10-day disabled list with a biceps strain, the White Sox said Rodon continues to make progress in his rehab program. Cooper said the third-year pitcher felt and looked fine as he played catch in left field. But neither he nor manager Rick Renteria offered many more details on when Rodon may return or even when he could throw off a mound.

"He looked like he played catch good," Cooper said. "His throwing program is progressing. He felt fine. He threw the ball fine. That's kind of where we are at. He threw fine and move on to the next."

Rodon is in town for several days to be observed by the White Sox. On Friday, general manager Rick Hahn described the visit as a "routine follow-up visit." But other than making sure they're cautious with Rodon, the club hasn't been able to offer a specific timetable for their prized pitcher.

"I can't tell you in detail what the program is," Renteria said. "I know it involves throwing and making sure he's getting treatments and making sure it's taken care of, the issue he had with his biceps. We know it's getting better."

But the improvement hasn't made the situation any easier to deal with. When they started him on a delayed program this spring, the White Sox had Rodon pegged for 33 starts and 200 innings. As of now, there's no certainty when he'll make his first turn and the calendar is nearing May.

"He's frustrated," Cooper said. "He wants to get through this, through all of it. We are just there to try to make sure he's doing things right and there's progression.

"Well, I mean we've already taken a lot of caution. He's important to us now and in the future. We wouldn't rush with him or anybody."

Road Ahead: White Sox face another struggling offense in the Royals

Road Ahead: White Sox face another struggling offense in the Royals

The White Sox have scored the second fewest runs in the American League while the Royals have scored the fewest.

So fans of offense may not find the three-game series between the White Sox and Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field. The Sox have scored 55 runs in 17 games while the Royals have 46 runs in 18 games.

Dan Hayes and Siera Santos talk about what to expect from that series and give updates on Carlos Rodon's injury and timeline for his return and talk about when Yoan Moncada may get promoted from the minors.

Watch the video above to see those topics in the Honda Road Ahead.