As the White Sox open their second consecutive series against a fellow first-place team in the American League, one Chicago player has grown tired of having to watch from the shadows.
Righthander John Danks remains on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain. He has no time table for his return to the White Sox rotation, leaving him understandably frustrated.
Im chomping at the bit and getting impatient now, Danks said Tuesday prior to Chicagos series opener against Texas at U.S. Cellular Field. I've been on the DL long enough and it's been kind of the same thing every day. I'm ready to just start playing.
Danks addressed reporters prior to seeing the team doctors, but after he had a cortisone shot in his shoulder.
I'm doing okay, he said. I played catch today and itd been a few days. I came in here and got a cortisone shot and so, hopefully, that will kick in and I'll get back to actually playing baseball. This DL stuff is getting old.
Danks, who has been on the DL since May 25, said the soreness in his shoulder is improving, which is the only positive he could find through this ordeal.
From everything I've been told I should be getting close (to returning), he said. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. We're doing everything we know to do. We're just kind of at the mercy of my shoulder now. We're going to keep working hard. That way I can hit the ground running whenever I do get healthy. Hopefully that's in time to help us win the division.
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.