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White Sox’s Danks Headed To 15-Day DL

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John Danks (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (AP) — White Sox starter John Danks is headed to the 15-day disabled list because of soreness in his left shoulder.

Chicago manager Robin Ventura said Jose Quintana will be called up from the minors and start Friday in his place against AL Central leader Cleveland. Neither Ventura nor Danks believes the injury is serious, and Danks thinks he’ll be ready to rejoin the rotation after June 4.

Ventura said the problem cropped up Saturday against the Cubs, although Danks didn’t notice it until the next day. He threw 83 pitches over 6 1-3 scoreless innings against the crosstown rivals, but when he tried to play catch on Sunday, he said his shoulder was more sore than usual.

He had an MRI on Thursday, and he said he was ready to start against the Indians. But the team is taking a cautious approach.

“I was definitely looking forward to getting out there,” Danks said Thursday. “I’ve said it since the last start: I was hoping that would be kind of the start to jump-start my season. Now, here we are. It seems like if it’s not one thing, it’s something else at this point. Just trying to stay positive. I’m going to get all my work in and get healthy and like I said I’ll be rested up for June on.”

Danks, who is 3-4 with a 5.70 ERA, insisted there’s no connection between his season-long struggles and this problem in his pitching shoulder.

“No, it isn’t the reason I’ve stunk to this point if that’s what you are asking,” he said.

Quintana threw 5 2-3 innings of one-hit ball in relief in his only major league appearance at Cleveland on May 7. He was promoted from Double-A Birmingham to Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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