White Sox’ John Danks out with shoulder tear
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org June 18, 2012 10:26PM
Paul Konerko of the White Sox, left, tags Tony Campana of the Cubs at first base in the fifth inning at U.S. Cellular Field Monday, June 18, 2012, in Chicago. Campana was called safe. | John J. Kim~Sun-Times
Updated: July 20, 2012 6:28AM
White Sox left-hander John Danks has a grade I tear in the subscapularis tendon of his pitching shoulder and will be out indefinitely.
Danks revealed the news after the Sox’ loss to the Cubs on Monday night. The tear showed up on an MRI exam Monday.
Sox doctor Gregory Nicholson assured Danks that he wouldn’t need surgery, only rest.
“It’s not thought to be anything real major,’’ Danks said. “Just get some rest and get back at it.
“It’s frustrating because it feels good one day and then crap the next. It’s good to know what we’re dealing with.’’
After going on the disabled list May 20, Danks made one four-inning rehab outing. In the days following, the soreness resurfaced.
“When you hear the word ‘tear,’ it’s kind of scary. But I don’t think it’s anything super major,’’ Danks said. ‘‘It’s just a bummer that it will take longer to get back than we first thought.’’
The Sox signed Danks to a five-year, $65 million extension in the offseason.
Hawkins makes it official
First-round draft choice Courtney Hawkins was introduced at U.S. Cellular Field, where he signed his contract and flashed part of his five-tool package while taking batting practice.
“I’m going to try to develop into the best baseball player I can be and hopefully get up here as soon as I can,’’ said Hawkins, a power-hitting outfielder who will report to Advanced Rookie Bristol of the Appalachian League.
“He’s got a rare combination of the five-tool player,’’ general manager Ken Williams said. “He is that but . . . he has little bit more polish than the norm.’’
Hawkins signed for the recommended slot bonus of $2.475 million. By agreeing to terms with sixth-round pitcher Kyle Hansen and seventh-round catcher Jose Barraza, the Sox have signed all 11 picks in the top 10 rounds.
Addison Reed half-expected to blow a save at some point this year. Letting one go after a performance like Jose Quintana’s was especially tough on Sunday in Los Angeles with family and friends in attendance.
A day later, Reed was still fuming about leaving an 0-2 pitch to Bobby Abreu over the plate. Abreu started the inning with a single.
‘‘That’s on me,’’ Reed said.
Now comes the test: Turning the page.
‘‘Short term memory,’’ he said. ‘‘You have to have one. Just forget about it and hope to have different results next time there is a save opportunity.’’
Paul Konerko expects a knock-down, drag-out battle to the end in the American League Central race with the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians.
‘‘It’s probably going to come down to the last week for sure, if not the last day,’’ Konerko said. ‘‘You have to mentally prepare for that and don’t kill yourself every night if you don’t win while realizing how important every game is, too. Balancing those things is the hard part.’’