John Danks wants to turn clock back as well as forward
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter September 21, 2013 11:34PM
SOX AT TIGERS
The facts: 12:05 p.m., CSN, 670-AM, 97.5-FM.
The pitchers: Erik Johnson (1-2, 2.87 ERA) vs. Anibal Sanchez (14-7, 2.51).
Updated: October 23, 2013 6:54AM
DETROIT — John Danks hopes to justify more of his team-high paycheck from the White Sox next season. For him, that will start with pitching 200 innings and hopefully end with numbers similar to the ones he posted in 2008, ’09 and ’10 that earned him the big money.
Because of shoulder surgery last August, Danks’ season started May 24 and has come to an end after 22 consecutive starts, 1381/3 innings, a 4-14 record and a 4.75 ERA. He could’ve made one more start, but it’s all about putting this one under his belt and turning the page to next year.
“I’ve done a lot of throwing over the last year, so it makes sense, given where we are obviously,’’ Danks said.
A fall and winter plan is being formulated now for Danks, whose offseason also includes an Oct. 24 wedding to country singer Ashley Monroe. Proximity to Nashville, Tenn., will allow him to work with pitching coach Don Cooper, who makes his home there.
Danks had lowered his ERA to 4.15 on Aug. 25 but was 0-4 with an 8.02 ERA over his last four starts.
“I felt fine,’’ he said. “For whatever reason, I wasn’t able to consistently keep the ball down and make it do what I wanted. Maybe that’s part of fatigue. It’s hard to say it was a successful season, but I’m back and definitely looking to build on the positives and work on the things I need to work on. I fully anticipate having a good year next year.’’
Danks, who signed a $65 million contract extension before last season, has three years left on his deal that pays him $15.75 million a year.
“The plan is to throw 200 innings over the next three years and be a lot more successful than I was this year,’’ Danks said.
“In terms of health, if you had told me I would throw as many innings as I have and taken the ball every fifth day, I’d have taken that in a heartbeat.’’
Sox acquire left-hander
The Sox made a minor trade, acquiring minor-league left-hander Frank De Los Santos from the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named or cash considerations.
De Los Santos, 25, went 2-2 with a 4.89 ERA, one save and 26 strikeouts in 30 games with Class AAA Durham, Class A Port Charlotte and the GCL Rookie Rays in 2013.
He brings the Sox’ 40-man roster to 40 but will not be added to the major-league roster.
De Los Santos has pitched in 193 games, including 85 starts, over seven seasons in the minors.
The deal was not part of the Jesse Crain trade made with the Rays in July.
Almost all-rookie team
Five rookies were in the Sox’ lineup: Leury Garcia in center field, Marcus Semien in his first start at shortstop, Conor Gillaspie at third base, Avisail Garcia in right field and Bryan Anderson, who caught Chris Sale for the first time.
The last time the Sox had five rookies in the lineup was September 2007 with Jerry Owens, Josh Fields, Andy Gonzalez, Danny Richar and Donny Lucy.