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John Danks rocked for 10 runs, likely to begin season on DL

Mar 20, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

John Danks AP AP

Last week there was some talk of John Danks beginning the season on the disabled list as he comes back from shoulder surgery and then yesterday the White Sox left-hander was knocked around for 10 runs in three innings against the Reds.

Danks insisted afterward that he feels fine physically, but both Scott Merkin of and Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago believe his avoiding the DL would be a long shot at this point.

Through four spring training starts Danks has a 16.36 ERA and .443 opponents’ batting average, but said he’s “making strides” and “feeling better.” Chicago won’t need a fifth starter until April 13, which makes it even more likely they’ll take it slow with Danks.

  1. dowhatifeellike - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    So he says he feels fine… and he’s been healthy enough to make 4 spring starts… and somehow they could still put him on the DL? Yeah, that totally makes sense.

    • tolbuck - Mar 20, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      Players on the DL play games all the time during the season via minor league rehab. The players are healthy enough to play, but not quite ready for big league action yet. From the sounds of it that explains Danks at the moment.

      If this were April Danks would be making starts in Extended Spring Training before heading out on rehab, and no one would hear about his struggles, or realize he is pitching to live batters for that matter. The timing of this makes it seem weird, but nothing is out of the ordinary. Hope this makes sense.

      • dowhatifeellike - Mar 20, 2013 at 1:49 PM

        Yes, I understand that, but in those situations the players in question are already on the DL and therefore not part of the active roster. I don’t see anywhere in the supporting articles that Danks is currently on the DL.

  2. whitesoxman77 - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    I dont think shelving him would help. I think they need to send him to AAA, if he feels fine then he needs to regain velocity and control again, and resting simply wont allow him to do that.

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