Sox put Fukudome on DL, call up Jordan Danks
The White Sox have called up outfielder Jordan Danks to take the spot of Kosuke Fukudome, who was placed on the disabled list. Danks is the younger brother of pitcher John Danks and has spent five seasons in the minors.
Associated Press/2010 file
For the past three years, John and Jordan Danks reported to the White Sox' spring training camp and were continually asked about the possibility of one day being teammates.
On Thursday, it finally happened. Well, it sort of happened.
John Danks is still on the disabled list with a sore throwing (left) shoulder, but he was in the Sox' pregame clubhouse with Jordan. As a matter of fact, John drove his younger brother to U.S. Cellular Field.
Earlier in the day, Jordan Danks arrived from Class AAA Charlotte after the White Sox purchased his contract.
Danks replaces outfielder Kosuke Fukudome, who landed on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain.
"We've been looking for it for a while now," Jordan Danks said. "It's so funny because we've been doing the same interviews a lot for the last three years. But now it's kind of for real, so it feels good."
Jordan Danks wasn't even on the Sox' 40-man roster until Thursday, and he didn't appear to have much of a future after batting .245 with Charlotte in 2010 and .257 last season.
This year, the 25-year-old outfielder went back to his past and batted .302 with 8 home runs and 28 RBI in 57 games.
"I've really just been doing anything that feels most comfortable to me," said Danks, a left-handed hitter. "Kind of remembering back to when my swing and everything was in synch and at it's best. For me, that was actually in high school."
John Danks is headed for a rehab start with Charlotte next week, and he looks forward to playing with his brother when he comes off the DL.
"It's definitely special, and I'm looking forward to having my whole family in here this weekend and playing in the big leagues with my brother," John Danks said. "I'm going to obviously try to help him the best I can. He's a big boy. He's been around the clubhouse before and he knows how to act and how to carry himself. He wouldn't be here if he didn't. Hopefully he can help us win some ballgames and all will be well."
Jordan is a standout defensive outfielder. He played center field at Charlotte but can also play right and left.
The other Danks:
John Danks is scheduled to make a rehab start with Class AAA Charlotte at Columbus on Tuesday.
If he gets his pitch count up high enough and feels good after the outing, Danks could come off the disabled list.
"Everything is great," Danks said. "I feel fine."
Class AAA Charlotte starter Terry Doyle took a no-hitter into the ninth against Toledo on Thursday night but lost it when Audy Ciriaco led off the inning with a double.
On May 28, Doyle was pitching a no-hitter against Rochester before Matt Carson doubled with one out in the eighth inning.
Brent Morel (back), on a rehab assignment with Charlotte, left Thursday's game after three innings.
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