John Danks’ shoulder checked out by Angels surgeon Lewis Yocum
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org June 16, 2012 10:12PM
Updated: July 18, 2012 6:49AM
LOS ANGELES — Still searching to find what’s causing the soreness in his left shoulder, White Sox left-hander John Danks was examined Saturday by Angels orthopedic surgeon Lewis Yocum.
“They’re still trying to figure it out,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. “There’s no bad news. You continue to wait and let the guys who know medically what he’s going through see what it is.’’
Danks pitched four innings in a minor-league game Tuesday but had soreness the following days. He will meet Monday with Sox team doctor Gregory Nicholson in Chicago.
With Danks on the shelf and starters Gavin Floyd and Philip Humber struggling of late, the rotation is the team’s top concern. Humber started against the Dodgers late Saturday night, looking to end the Sox’ three-game losing streak.
“If you’re not winning and they’re not pitching as good as you feel they can, you’re always looking at it,’’ Ventura said. “[Humber and Floyd] are the best guys for us; that’s the way I look at it. Fix it rather than look for somebody else to take it over. The ability is there. We have to figure out a way to find it.’’
Picking up the pieces
Second baseman Gordon Beckham’s exceptional defense will get noticed more if he continues to hit. Beckham was at .278 with three home runs, 13 RBI and 15 runs in his last 20 games.
“He’s obviously Gold Glove-caliber out there,’’ first baseman Paul Konerko said. “He was as good last year, but sometimes when it comes to your defense, until you start hitting, no one notices. That’s the shame of it, but that’s the truth.’’
Konerko is most impressed that Beckham persevered through a poor start after a rough 2011.
“He’s mentally strong to fight through that,’’ Konerko said. “When he wasn’t getting the results, he was still coming to fight every day. He could’ve let down, especially after the last couple of years. But he’s completely different in the way he’s attacking the game. He’s climbing in the right direction.’’
Rios powers up
Alex Rios’ power numbers, which lagged behind his other revitalized offensive numbers after his poor 2011, are coming around. Through Friday, Rios was hitting .349 with six homers, five doubles, a triple and 19 RBI in his last 20 games.
“I’m not worried about power numbers; I’m just trying to have a good approach and put good swings on the ball,’’ said Rios, who had the fourth multihomer game of his career Friday. “I guess I’m seeing the ball real well.’’