By Adam Hoge-
U.S. CELLULAR FIELD (CBS) Just when it looked like John Danks had something going, he hit another speedbump.
The left-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with soreness in his left shoulder and won’t be eligible to come back until June 4.
“I was hoping that would kind of be the start to jump start my season, and here we are,” Danks said about going on the DL after a great start against the Cubs last Saturday. “It seems like if it’s not one thing, it’s something else at this point.”
The White Sox don’t seem too worried about injury and made the move out of precaution.
“It’s nothing serious, but nothing we really want to mess with this early in the season,” manager Robin Ventura said.
Danks actually said he felt like he could make his scheduled start Friday, but Jose Quintana will come up from Double-A Birmingham to make his first career start in the major leagues.
“I was feeling different than I normally would,” Danks said. “I’m not a doctor, but I told them I was prepared to pitch tomorrow and I still feel like I probably could, but talking to Kenny and Robin and Herm, better to be safe than sorry.”
When exactly the injury occurred is debatable, depending on who you ask. Ventura said it was the reason why he took Danks out of Saturday’s game after just 83 pitches, while the left-hander said he didn’t notice the soreness until the next day when he was playing catch.
“I don’t remember a pitch, I don’t remember sleeping on it funny, I don’t remember anything. I just came in the next day and it was bothering me,” he said.
Quintana will make his second appearance of the season with the White Sox. He pitched five and two-thirds scoreless innings of relief May 7 in the middle of a doubleheader in Cleveland.
Danks has struggled for the early part of 2012, registering a 3-4 record with a 5.70 ERA in nine starts. Before the start of the 2012 season, the White Sox signed Danks to a five-year, $65 million contract extension.