BOSTON -- John Danks had a wide smile on his face Monday afternoon after he successfully played catch from 90 feet.
The White Sox pitcher has been on the disabled list since May 20 with a left shoulder strain and hasnt attempted to hide his frustration with his lack of progress. But Danks finally saw positive signs before the teams series opener against the Boston Red Sox. Even though hes uncertain what it means for his immediate future, Danks is just happy to finally receive good news.
Im giddy right now and its still sore, Danks said. Just to go out there and throw and feel like we are making progress again, its definitely huge. I needed something positive to happen. It was getting kind of tough there for a little bit. I dont know how much longer we have. But for sure we are moving in the right direction.
Danks couldnt recall how long it had been since he had last played catch, but knew it was prior to the All-Star break. Though several MRIs have shown no structural damage to Danks left shoulder, his return has been halted several times even after long rest periods.
For now, Danks will only look at the short-term. He plans to play catch at 90 feet again on Tuesday and, after he takes Wednesday off, hopes to move to 120 feet on Thursday.
Im not ready to go and pitch tomorrow but you know, it was good, Danks said. It was sore in all the right places, which was good. I dont know, do it again tomorrow. But its definitely kind of a relief to be out there and throw and actually feel the improvement for sure. Its all based on how Im feeling. Definitely encouraged after today and tomorrow will tell us a lot.
With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.
Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.
Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.
Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”
Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.
The White Sox released this statement:
Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.