John Danks checks out fine after visit with Dr. Lewis Yocum

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White Sox left-hander John Danks felt renewed discomfort in his throwing shoulder after making a start last week at Triple-A Charlotte, but a visit with Dr. Lewis Yocum this weekend turned up “no bad news” and the starter should be cleared to resume his rehab work at some point in the near future.

This via Mark D. Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune.

Danks is still dealing with inflammation and could need more than a week of rest, but the good news is he has no major structural damage. The 27-year-old had a 5.70 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 53 2/3 innings this season before experiencing the shoulder issues.

Tigers sign Josh Thole to minors deal

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The Tigers signed catcher Josh Thole to a minor league deal, per an announcement from the Double-A Erie SeaWolves on Friday. Thole is expected to report to Double-A Erie, where he’ll split time with starting catcher Jake Rogers.

Thole, 31, has not appeared in a major or minor league game since 2016. He signed a minors deal with the Diamondbacks back in 2017, but was sidelined through most of the season after undergoing hamstring surgery in April. He was released by the team during spring training and failed to catch on with another major league club through the first two months of the 2018 season.

While the veteran backstop hasn’t tested his skills in pro ball for several years now, he held his own during a short-lived run with the independent New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League. Over 17 games in 2018, Thole batted .317/.425/.367 with three extra-base hits and a .791 OPS in 75 plate appearances. He’s expected to serve as catching depth within the Tigers’ organization, but may yet work his way back to the majors if he can get his average back over the Mendoza Line again — a feat he hasn’t managed since 2015.