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GM Ken Williams irked that pitcher John Danks is talking about surgery

Updated: August 31, 2012 6:18AM



ARLINGTON, Texas — White Sox left-hander John Danks, who is growing increasingly frustrated by his slowly healing left shoulder, raised the possibility of surgery for the first time Saturday. And it didn’t seem to go over very well with general manager Ken Williams, who read about it like everyone else.

‘‘That’s news to me,’’ Williams said in a conference call Sunday. ‘‘That’s something that hadn’t really been discussed at length. It was a worst-case scenario.

‘‘Sure, if he doesn’t bounce back, that’s a possibility. There’s nothing in there the doctors can identify right now that actually warrants that right now.’’

Williams said last week that Danks was making progress and spoke optimistically about having him back in August or September.

Danks wasn’t saying he needs surgery; he mentioned it as a possibility because he’s not seeing enough progress to suit him.

‘‘Knowing the competitiveness in him, having grown up with him, I know it’s killing him right now,’’ said Sox outfielder Jordan Danks, John’s brother. ‘‘He’s putting on a happy face every day and trying his best to deal with it.’’

Danks hasn’t pitched for the Sox since May 19. He regressed after a minor-league rehab start June 12.
He played catch Sunday and is scheduled to throw off a mound Monday.

Olmedo joins club

Rey Olmedo arrived from
Class AAA Charlotte to take Eduardo Escobar’s spot as a backup infielder. Escobar was traded Saturday to the Minnesota Twins in the deal for left-hander Francisco Liriano.

Olmedo, 31, is a career .228 hitter with two home runs in 198 major-league games with the Cincinnati Reds (2003-06) and Toronto Blue Jays (2007). A switch hitter, Olmedo was batting .273 with no homers and 19 RBI in 80 games with Charlotte.

A.J., De Aza still out

Catcher A.J. Pierzynski (strained right oblique) said he was fit to play and planned to do so Sunday, but trainer Herm Schneider and manager Robin Ventura prescribed one more day of rest.

Pierzynski has missed four games. The plan is for him to catch Monday and Tuesday against the Twins at Target Field, then rest Wednesday, the day before an off day.

‘‘With the heat and the travel, I didn’t want to get dehydrated and have a chance to make it worse,’’ Pierzynski said.

Center fielder and leadoff man Alejandro De Aza missed his second consecutive game with a sore left wrist. De Aza might need one more day, Ventura said.

Shortstop Alexei Ramirez (left wrist) played Sunday after missing one game because of the collision with De Aza.



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