Danks-Nieto battery working out well for White Sox
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter April 16, 2014 11:28PM
RED SOX AT WHITE SOX
The facts: 7:10 p.m., CSN+,
The pitchers: Jon Lester (1-2, 2.57 ERA) vs. Chris Sale (3-0, 2.66).
Adrian Nieto, who caught John Danks regularly in spring training, caught him for the third time in as many starts Wednesday. It looks like he could be Danks’ personal catcher, at least for the near future.
“From Day 1, it felt right,’’ said Nieto, the Rule 5 draft pick who hadn’t played above Class A before this season. “I’m on the same page with him more than anybody on the staff so far. I feel like we’ve clicked.’’
Pitchers have praised Nieto for going out of his way to accommodate them. He asks questions, seeks feedback and prepares, which pitchers appreciate.
“[Danks] likes the way I move back there, where I set up,’’ Nieto said. “I always ask him if there’s anything I can do to make him comfortable. I’m open-minded just like he is.’’
Manager Robin Ventura said Nieto has done a good job understanding the game plan and sticking with it. He likes the Danks-Nieto combo but said starter Tyler Flowers could catch Danks “in certain situations.’’
“But for right now, it works pretty good,’’ Ventura said.
Johnson got back up
Erik Johnson slept well after his third start Tuesday, which was more in line with what he showed last September after two bad starts this season.
“You have rough ones where you get your butt kicked, but I feel like you learn a lot more about yourself in those, and you can take that knowledge into the next one,’’ he said. “When you’re going good, things are easy. When things get difficult, what are you going to do, lay back on your heels or get out and keep moving forward?’’
Johnson allowed one run and struck out a career-high nine in 62/3 innings against the Red Sox.
This and that
Nate Jones (lower back) continues to receive treatment, and there’s no timetable for a return until he feels well enough to resume baseball activities, Ventura said.
◆ With left-hander Jon Lester starting Thursday for the Red Sox, Paul Konerko will get his second start as the designated hitter. Konerko was 1-for-8 with a single and an RBI going into the game Wednesday.