White Sox place John Danks on 15-day DL with oblique strain

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White Sox left-hander John Danks was pulled in the second inning of Saturday’s game against the Nationals with a strained left oblique. He felt no improvement on Sunday morning when he arrived back at U.S. Cellular Field and so the Chicago front office made the only decision it could.

From Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago comes word that Danks has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, with left-hander Hector Santiago joining the White Sox in a corresponding roster move.

Danks went 0-8 with a 5.25 ERA over his first 11 starts of the season, but he’s been far steadier since the beginning of June, allowing just three earned runs in his last 23 2/3 innings. That mini hot streak will have to be put on hold for the next three or four weeks.

The White Sox enter Sunday’s action with a disappointing 38-40 record, but they’re only three games behind the Indians and Tigers for first place in the American League Central. It’ll be a race to the finish.

Umpire ejects Adrian Beltre for moving on-deck circle

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As far as ejections go, this is one of the stranger ones you’ll hear about. Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was ejected in the bottom of the eighth inning of a game his team trailed at the time 18-6. Beltre was a few feet away from the circle towards home plate and was asked by Marlins pitcher Drew Steckenrider to get into the circle. So rather than step a few feet back to his right, Beltre picked up the circle and dragged it to where he was. And that got him ejected by second base umpire Gerry Davis. Manager Jeff Banister was also ejected after having a word with Davis.

Here’s a video from Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports:

Beltre, by the way, went 3-for-3 with a walk, a pair of doubles, and a solo home run. He’s now four hits away from 3,000 for his career.

Video: Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford hits an inside-the-park grand slam

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Phillies shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford’s stock has fallen sharply this season. He had an abysmal first three months, batting .203/.321/.276 in 291 plate appearances. Baseball America rated him the 12th overall prospect in baseball going into the season and rated him No. 92 in their midseason top 100. It was bad.

Since the calendar turned to July, however, Crawford has been more like his normal self. In 92 at-bats this month entering Wednesday night’s action, he was hitting .300/.391/.650 with six home runs, 13 RBI, 18 runs scored, and a terrific 15/12 K/BB ratio.

Crawford padded his stats more on Wednesday night as he circled the bases for an inside-the-park grand slam. Via the IronPigs Twitter:

Crawford was actually dead-to-rights at home, but he fooled the catcher with a great late slide.

Crawford finished 1-for-3 with a walk along with the slam on the night as the IronPigs beat the Gwinnett Braves 8-2.