White Sox plan to shut down Danks

White Sox plan to shut down Danks
September 20, 2013, 5:30 pm
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DETROIT — John Danks is likely done for the season.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura on Friday said the starting pitcher is healthy but probably wouldn’t pitch again in 2013.

Danks — who is 13 1/ 2 months removed from shoulder surgery — is 4-14 with a 4.75 ERA in 22 starts. Including his minor league outings, the left-hander has pitched 161 innings this season.

With the team out of contention, the White Sox have seen all they needed to from Danks, who is owed $42.75 million over the next three seasons.

“You’re looking at what he’s done and what he needs to do to get back,” Ventura said. “He’s pitched a lot from spring training on and even before spring training, we were even rushing him along to see what we could get. He’s done his work is how I look at it. And now he needs to rest and get back his strength and go.”

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Danks had shoulder surgery in August 2012 after he was limited to 57 2/3 innings last season.

His rehab from surgery went smoothly as he didn’t miss a single bullpen, game or day of catch throughout the spring. But near the end of spring, the White Sox determined Danks needed more arm strength to compete in the majors. Danks returned to the club on May 24 and the White Sox have been very pleased with how he has responded physically.

Aside from allowing a bunch of solo home runs, Danks produced a 4.15 ERA through his first 18 starts. But over his last four games Danks has shown signs of tiring as he has an 8.02 ERA in 21 1/3 innings.

“Danks has been throwing since last (October) to try to come through,” pitching coach Don Cooper said. “We pulled the plug on him because there’s no more to gain. It’s all about him. All of these decisions are for reasons.”