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Shoulder sends John Danks to DL; Sox top Twins in 11-8 HR slugfest

CLEVELAND OH - MAY 8: Starting pitcher John Danks #50 Chicago White Sox pitches during second inning against ClevelIndians Progressive

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 8: Starting pitcher John Danks #50 of the Chicago White Sox pitches during the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on May 8, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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Updated: July 3, 2012 10:08AM

Just when the White Sox were turning a corner …

Just when John Danks was making some strides …

The injury bug has reared its ugly head.

“Seems like if it’s not one thing, it’s something else at this point,’’ said Danks, who’s headed to the 15-day disabled list with soreness in the back of his left shoulder.

An MRI was performed on the 27-year-old left-hander, and Danks and manager Robin Ventura do not believe the problem area, the subscapularis — a major muscle in the rotator cuff — is serious. The expectation is that Danks goes on the DL retroactive to Sunday, will miss starts against the Indians at home Friday and against the Rays on the road Wednesday before returning to pitch against the Blue Jays on June 5 at U.S. Cellular Field.

“We’re just getting out in front of it and making sure we take care of him,’’ Ventura said before the Sox beat the Twins 11-8 on Thursday.

Left-hander Jose Quintana will be called up from Class AAA Charlotte to pitch in Danks’ spot against the Indians when the Sox open a three-game series against the American League Central leaders. Quintana pitched 51/3 innings of one-hit relief in Cleveland on May 7.

Danks said he first experienced discomfort in the shoulder Saturday against the Cubs. After pitching 61/3 scoreless innings, he was taken out after 83 pitches. Ventura said after the game that Danks looked “a little fatigued.’’ Danks kept the problem quiet and hoped to pitch his way through it.

Danks told general manager Ken Williams, Ventura and trainer Herm Schneider that he could pitch Friday, but after discussing it with them, “better to be safe than sorry,’’ Danks said.

“I’m bummed about it, but I’m looking forward to getting healthy,’’ Danks said. “I’ll be well-rested for the second half of the season.’’

Danks (3-4, 5.70 ERA), who signed a five-year, $65 million contract extension during the offseason, has the seventh-highest ERA in the league.

“I think it was one of those where he kind of felt it, and every day since then, he’s been noticing it,’’ Ventura said. “It’s nothing serious, but nothing we want to mess with this early.’’

The oddity is that Danks’ velocity was back up against the Cubs after it had been slightly down before that. His command was better, too.

“I was hoping [the Cubs game] would be a jump-start to the season, and now here we are,’’ Danks said.

“I’m just going to try to stay positive, get my work in, get healthy and be healthy for June.’’

Philip Humber, staked to a 4-1 lead on A.J. Pierzynski’s home run in the second inning and Paul Konerko’s RBI single and Alex Rios’ two-run double in the third against rookie righty Cole DeVries, was tagged for four runs in the fifth. Joe Mauer hit his second homer of the season, and Brian Dozier had a two-run single against reliever Nate Jones.

The damage would’ve been worse when Alexi Casilla doubled over Rios’ head, but Pierzynski made an exceptional catch-and-tag of Dozier on second baseman Gordon Beckham’s relay throw.

A replay review took away Alejandro De Aza’s home run down the right-field line leading off the fifth, but Konerko (10th) and Rios (third) started the sixth with back-to-back homers, and De Aza hit his first career grand slam his next time up in the Sox’ six-run sixth. Dayan Viciedo added a solo home run in the eighth.

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