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John Danks might begin the season on the disabled list

Mar 16, 2013, 9:48 AM EDT

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White Sox left-hander John Danks was limited to just three starts last season due to a shoulder injury which required surgery. While he’s healthy now, he could get a late start on the 2013 season.

Danks has been shaky over his first three Cactus League outings, posting an 11.74 ERA and 4/3 K/BB ratio over 7 2/3 innings. Meanwhile, his velocity is in the high-80s, down a few ticks from his career average. White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper told Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times yesterday that the disabled list is a possibility if it is determined that he needs to build more arm strength.

“John is aware if he’s ready he’s going to be with us,’’ Cooper said Friday. “If he’s not, we’ll give him more time. It’s not something we are going to rush or force feed. We can’t say, ‘Hey, we need you to throw harder.’ We have no control over that. All we have ­control over is going out there and having our sidelines and going out in the game. Heck, he threw 60 pitches yesterday so that’s a plus in itself. He’s climbing.

The White Sox have every reason to take things slow here. As part of a five-year, $65 million extension signed in December of 2011, Danks will make $14.25 million in each of the next four seasons.

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 16, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Do the White Sox put their pitchers at risk by sharply increasing their work load? I am wondering about Sale, who had a very large jump in his innings pitched last season. Sale is probably an injury risk due to the sharp increase in his innings pitched.

    • cowboysoldiertx - Mar 16, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      I was thinking the samething.

    • pdefor - Mar 16, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      The White Sox have the best record in the majors at keeping pitchers healthy.

  2. jlovenotjlo - Mar 16, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    They really do a great job at keeping pitchers healthy. Don Cooper’s strategy is to really push pitchers into building arm strength and being effective full season starters. See the 4 straight complete games thrown by White Sox pitchers in the 2005 ALCS.

    Sale is only an injury “risk” due to his funky delivery that’s hard on his elbow and his ultra-gangliness. While it will suck not having Danks to start the season, it makes sense to rest him for the immediate and distant futures. He completely sucked the short time he played last season when he wasn’t 100%, and we are seeing the same stuff this spring. The Sox can hold down the fort until he comes back, but a healthy effective Danks is key to the difference between the White Sox being a good team and a Central Division champ.

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