John Danks to have more tests on ailing left shoulder
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org July 1, 2012 9:00PM
Gavin Floyd kicks the mound after allowing a two-run homer to Robinson Cano in the third, giving the Yankees a 4-2 lead. | Kathy Willens~AP
Updated: August 3, 2012 6:23AM
NEW YORK — Left-hander John Danks returned to Chicago early for more tests on his ailing left shoulder.
Danks will undergo a diagnostic ultrasound and is expected to return to his normal program Tuesday, the White Sox said.
“We want to get him healthy first, and it keeps lingering and lingering and you can’t look at him as we’re counting on him on this [particular] date,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. “Every time we’ve done that, it’s been pushed back. Just get him healthy and [rookie left-hander Jose Quintana] just stays in that spot.”
Quintana (3-1, 2.19 ERA) has been more than an adequate replacement for the 27-year-old Danks, who signed a five-year, $65 million contract extension in the offseason.
“We’re fortunate with what Q has done,’’ Ventura said.
Danks last pitched in a minor-league rehab stint June 14. His last game for the Sox was May 19 against the Cubs.
Jesse Crain said his stiff right shoulder felt somewhat better as he played catch in the bullpen Sunday. He will receive treatment Monday, and if he’s not well enough by Tuesday, when the Sox open a six-game homestand against the Texas Rangers, he likely will go on the disabled list.
“I don’t foresee a DL stint for him,’’ Ventura said.
The Sox could put Crain on the DL and have him back for the first game after the All-Star break. He would miss six games.
Fine with Floyd
Ventura was satisfied with Gavin Floyd’s performance Sunday, even though it fell far short of his last two scoreless starts against the Cubs and Minnesota Twins.
“He still pitched well for me,’’ Ventura said. “He battled.’’
Floyd gave up eight hits and five walks. In the end, he was hurt only by home runs from Robinson Cano and Eric Chavez. Floyd threw 122 pitches in 95-degree heat.
This and that
After reaching base three times in the first inning, the Sox reached four more times. Nineteen of the last 21 Sox were retired.
† Alex Rios went 2-for-4 for his seventh multihit game in his last nine. He’s batting .447 with three doubles, two homers and seven RBI in that span.
† Pitching probables for the Rangers series: Chris Sale vs. Roy Oswalt on Tuesday; Scott Feldman vs. Dylan Axelrod on Wednesday; and Matt Harrison vs. Quintana on Thursday.