John Danks to see doctor Monday for shoulder
By Daryl VAN SCHOUWEN email@example.com June 15, 2012 10:26PM
Sox at Dodgers
The facts: 9:10, Ch. 9, 670-AM, 97.5-FM.
The pitchers: Philip Humber
(2-4, 5.92 ERA) vs. Chad Billingsley (4-4, 3.57).
Updated: July 17, 2012 12:53PM
LOS ANGELES — The soreness in John Danks’ left shoulder didn’t subside Friday. Danks played catch instead of throwing a hoped-for bullpen session, and when it was over, he and trainer Herm Schneider were on the phone with team doctor Gregory Nicholson. Danks will see Nicholson in Chicago on Monday.
“We’re doing everything we know what to do to make it feel better, but it’s not getting there,’’ Danks said. “We haven’t gotten over that hump yet.’’
Danks hasn’t pitched since May 19 at Wrigley Field. The strength is where it needs to be in the shoulder, Schneider told him, but the soreness is “enough to keep me from throwing,’’ he said. “I’ve been sore before. It’s just amplified.’’
The White Sox are in first place in the American League Central despite Danks’ absence and Gavin Floyd’s and Philip Humber’s slumps. Danks, who signed a $65 million extension before the season, knows the Sox need him.
“It’s tough,’’ he said. “No one wants to be on the DL, especially when the team is playing well. No one wants to sit here and watch games. You want to help the team.’’
Dunn down on Derby
Adam Dunn isn’t a big fan of the Home Run Derby during All-Star week, and he might not attend if invited.
“Not interested,’’ Dunn said. “If I make [the All-Star team], then maybe, I guess.’’
Dunn’s two-run homer in the first inning against the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw moved him past Josh Hamilton for the major-league lead with 23. It was Dunn’s fourth homer and eighth hit in 12 at-bats against Kershaw.
Those homers have significance.
“If you hit the ball out of the park when it’s coming in at 50 mph, so what?” Dunn said. “Whoopee.’’
Dunn is fourth in All-Star voting for AL designated hitters.
Hudson working at it
Orlando Hudson was an All-Star and won his fourth Gold Glove with the Dodgers in 2009, his only one in Los Angeles. The conversion to third base remains a work in progress.
“I’m still ragged,’’ Hudson said. “I don’t personally think I’m doing that well, but I’m trying to hold on and make the best of it. Still learning.’’
Hudson has made some outstanding plays at the hot corner.
“I’ve also screwed up some plays [three errors],’’ he said. “I’m trying to do my best every day.’’
Sox manager Robin Ventura grew up a Dodgers fan and ended his career in a Dodgers uniform in 2004. Asked by L.A. media for his best memory as a Dodger, Ventura said, “Steve Finley hit a home run to win the [National League] West. I don’t know if it gets any better than that. It was the second-to-last day of the season against the Giants.’’
Kosuke Fukudome (left oblique strain) took batting practice and likely will go on a minor-league rehab assignment Monday.