This is the third straight year Jordan Danks has bounced back and forth between the minor leagues and majors.
The 28-year-old outfielder might have finally discovered a way to stick with the White Sox on a permanent basis.
Danks is a left-handed hitter, and his preference for pulling the ball lowered his batting average and even made opposing defenses shift to the right side of the field.
"(Sox manager) Robin (Ventura) and (hitting coach) Todd (Steverson) have been telling me how important it is to use the whole field and try to eliminate that shift," Danks said. "If they give it to you, just take the free hit."
Even when he was at Charlotte for 88 games this season, Danks was seeing the shift.
"In one game, I laid down a bunt and they stopped," he said.
Danks has been working on hitting the ball the opposite way, and he's made a good impression on Ventura and the Sox' staff.
"I think any guy that has done what he's done, kind of bounced up and down, when you get up here you can put too much pressure on yourself," Ventura said. "I think this time around, he's actually using a little bit of left field where he hasn't in the past. He's using more of the field and I think it makes him a better hitter."
Avisail Garcia is set as the White Sox' right fielder for 2015, and Adam Eaton is the starter in center. After that, the Sox' outfield picture is uncertain, so Danks is trying to make a good impression until Eaton returns from the disabled list.
"I feel like most of my power is to that left-center gap, so when I'm hitting the ball well and hard that way, that's when I'm at my best," Danks said. "I'm just glad to be back. I wasn't sure what my role was going to be once I got here, but I've been starting a lot and I'm just taking that as another opportunity and trying to show them what I can do still."
Four of the White Sox' seven relief pitchers have ERAs over 5.00, and that has made manager Robin Ventura's job extremely difficult this season.
Heading into Tuesday, the Sox' bullpen was first in the American League with 187 walks and near the bottom in opposing batting average (.261), ERA (4.49), save percentage (60) and strikeouts (293).
In Monday night's 8-2 loss to the Orioles, Ronald Belisario, Eric Surkamp and Matt Lindstrom allowed 5 runs on 4 hits, 1 walk and a hit batter in the eighth inning.
"Bullpen stuff, if it goes well nobody says anything," Ventura said. "When it doesn't go well, that becomes a focal point. They're frustrated like everybody else. You have to continue to work at it and fight through it."
With so many marginal arms in the bullpen, there is only so much Ventura can do when he makes a pitching change.
"It's an unforgiving position," Ventura said. "The bullpen is a glaring position. You come in, you get everybody out it's great and if you don't it's sitting there for everyone else to see."
Prized top draft pick Carlos Rodon made his first start for Class AAA Charlotte Tuesday night after beginning his professional career with the Arizona Rookie League White Sox and moving up to high Class A Winston-Salem.
In 3 innings against Gwinnett, Rodon allowed 1 run on 1 hit. The left-hander had 3 strikeouts and 3 walks.