Danks, Beckham might be back soon
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org May 20, 2013 10:23PM
Chicago White Sox Vs Boston Red Sox. White Sox starting pitcher No. 50 John Danks fires to the plate. April 27, 2012 I Scott Stewart~Sun-Times
AT WHITE SOX
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The starters: Felix Doubront
(3-1, 6.03 ERA) vs. Jose Quintana (2-1, 3.97).
Updated: May 20, 2013 10:24PM
John Danks will be with the White Sox this week as the team prepares his next move.
Danks has made four rehab starts, and though he has given up some runs and walks, general manager Rick Hahn said Monday he isn’t concerned.
‘‘Any time a guy is on a rehab assignment, you shouldn’t put too much into their performance,’’ he said. ‘‘Hopefully they perform well, but the real goal is to get through the work healthy and work on whatever elements of their mechanics or pitch adjustments they’re there to work on to get them game-ready.’’
Danks is coming back from a serious shoulder operation, which makes his rehab different from second baseman Gordon Beckham (hamate bone removed), who could be back by the end of the week.
‘‘He got a few hits,’’ manager Robin Ventura said after Beckham went 3-for-5 on Sunday with Class AAA Charlotte. ‘‘I think it’s starting back over with spring training — not physically, because he’s been running around doing stuff. It’s more his eyes and reaction. He’s missed a month [since April 10] so it’s like having spring training all over again.’’
Still the captain
Paul Konerko had three hits Saturday as he continues to try to break out of a prolonged slump. But the team’s better play of late has helped him deal with the struggles.
‘‘Obviously, if personally it’s not going well or you’re not getting the results you want and the team is not doing well, it’s kind of a double whammy,’’ he said. ‘‘The better a team can get going, you can kind of chip in here, and if you’re not doing as much, you can kind of throw in something to help in a winning fashion. Sometimes the only positive you take is that you can go home knowing you have everything you gave everything you had.’’
Alex Rios extended his career-high hitting streak to 15 games with a single in the first off Boston Red Sox starter Jon Lester.
But more important to him was that the Sox had won four of their last six entering the series.
‘‘Personal stats don’t mean anything. You play for the team,’’ Rios said.