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.