TORONTO -- Jordan Danks has learned a critical lesson for players who shuttle back and forth between the minors: don’t get too down on yourself.
The White Sox outfielder is back in the majors after he was promoted on Wednesday from Triple A Charlotte. Although he was disappointed to not start the season in the majors, Danks said he knew it’d be a matter of time before he’d return. He kept the team’s message in mind and had a .333/.433/.510 slash line in 51 at-bats at Charlotte and two homers and five RBIs.
“They told me after spring training there was a numbers issue and to just carry it on in Charlotte,” Danks said. “I figure eventually they would give me the call back. … I found a comfortable spot where I was seeing the ball well and had a little more consistency at the plate. I’m glad to be back.”
White Sox manager Robin Ventura likes the flexibility Danks offers. He’s a good glove in the outfield, can run the bases and is a solid hitter, too. Ventura thinks Danks benefited from time in the majors last season and consistent at-bats since March.
“He’s just become a better hitter,” Ventura said. “Part of it is being up here a lot last year and working on things and learning how to hit up here. It’s not easy to try and learn up here when you’re not getting a whole lot of at-bats, so it’s one of those he just looks more consistent, even in spring training. He got hurt and that sidelined him for a little while, but you could see he was getting back to where he was and a little better last year.”