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.

Henderson Alvarez signs with Tigres de Quintana Roo

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Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.

The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.

That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.