OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jordan Danks and his older brother John are as close as they have ever been to playing together in the major leagues.
The younger Danks was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte and is in the starting lineup on Sunday after the White Sox placed Dewayne Wise on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.
With John Danks back in the rotation after he returned from shoulder surgery, and Jordan back in the majors, the possibility of appearing in the same game is strong. The two of course did play in several spring training games together and again when John Danks made several rehab starts at Charlotte. But this potential scenario is exciting after a series of near misses.
“It seems like it’s been a long time waiting I guess,” Jordan Danks said. “We’ve played in a couple of games in spring training and we’ve just always missed each other, but we’re getting pretty close to that moment now. Spring training was cool and even playing down in Charlotte was all right. It’ll be just like we were playing in high school together. It was kind of the last time we played together before now and it’ll be a lot of fun.”
Wise has only appeared in two games since May 18.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura said the veteran aggravated his hamstring in a May 25 games against the Miami Marlins and hasn’t been able to get himself back to playing shape. Ventura isn’t sure if Wise would be eligible to return from the disabled list at the end of the 15-day stretch.
“He’s talking about it snapping if he went out there,” Ventura said. “He’s got to get it better where he can go out and do what you need him to do, steal a base or play on occasion.”
Ventura likes what Jordan Danks offers in Wise’s absence. Jordan Danks, who is in his second stint with the Sox this season, hit .299 with five homers and 20 RBIs in 33 games at Charlotte.
“He’s a great defender,” Ventura said. “For me, he’s made a lot of improvements since we’ve had him in spring training. Even last year to this year, offensively, he’s been doing fine. He has some speed. You trust him out there and see what you get.”
The Danks brothers are the ninth set of siblings to play for the White Sox and the first at the same time since Roberto and Sandy Alomar in 2004. As for the possibility of the two brothers playing together, Ventura couldn’t help but crack a joke.
“If they liked each other, it would be better,” Ventura said.
Konerko’s neck almost ready
Paul Konerko reiterated Sunday he’s not worried about missing considerable time with a stiff neck. The White Sox first baseman said he’s seen enough improvement since Saturday to feel confident. Konerko kept the possibility for a pinch-hit appearance on Sunday open.
“Better, but not out of the woods,” Konerko said. “Just keep working it out of there. Much better than yesterday as far as releasing. Not really worried about it. I can get back in there, if not later today, hopefully (Monday) for sure, if it keeps going away at the pace it’s going. I have these once a year for the last few years for some reason. They kind of stop you in your tracks when you get them but then they’re kind of gone not long after that.”
Ventura is set to miss games Thursday and Friday to attend the high school graduation of his youngest daughter. The plan calls for bench coach Mark Parent to manage Thursday's game before he leaves the team for a day to attend the graduation of his youngest son on Friday. In Parent’s absence, pitching coach Don Cooper will manage the White Sox.
“I’m not worried with it being in their hands,” Ventura said. “Friday is the dangerous day. It’s going to be Coop. That’s dangerous.”
The White Sox also plan to add special assistant Vance Law to the coaching staff from June 6-8. Ventura returns to the team Saturday.
Beckham could be soon
Gordon Beckham is enjoying a scheduled day off Sunday at Charlotte after playing the last three games. Beckham singled in four at-bats and had an RBI. He’s 5-for-14 with three RBIs since he returned this week.
“Rick (Hahn) and Gordon are having conversations as far as how it’s going,” Ventura said. “It could (be sooner).”