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Fukudome's departure gives Jordan Danks a confidence boost

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Fukudome's departure gives Jordan Danks a confidence boost

Rookie Jordan Danks did enough in his limited opportunities for the White Sox to designate veteran outfielder Kosuke Fukudome for assignment on Friday afternoon.

Fukudome, who had been on the disabled list since June 7 with a strained right oblique, played four games this week in a rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte. He was activated off the DL prior to the move.

Fukudome hit .171 in 21 games for the White Sox this season before his injury.

Danks, the younger brother of pitcher John Danks, had his contract selected from Triple-A Charlotte on June 7. He is hitting .385 in 13 at-bats with a stolen base in 10 games.

(Danks) does a lot of different things, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. He can play all three outfield positions. He can run. He did enough with the bat. Just different things, I think. Its good to give (Fukudome) a chance to go somewhere else and get playing time.

Danks said he understood the reality of his situation when he was first promoted to the majors and thought Fukudome could take his position when he returned. But Fridays announcement gave Danks a second boost as he knows he and Brent Lillibridge are now slated to share backup outfield duties.

When I first got called up, I knew it may only be temporary, Danks said. This does wonders for my confidence. Im glad to be sticking around.

Fukudome said sticking around Chicago after four seasons with the Cubs was a point of emphasis when he opted to sign a 1 million deal with the White Sox in Februrary.

The Japanese outfielder signed a four-year, 48-million deal with the Cubs before the 2008 season. He hit .262 over four seasons with the Cubs and hit a career-high 13 homers in 2010.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join David Kaplan on the panel.

Ryan Pace’s offseason begins. Josh Sitton and Jerrell Freeman are gone, but what will he do with Kyle Fuller?

Plus, Rick Hahn joins Kap from Glendale, Ariz., to discuss the state of the White Sox rebuild, how tough it is to keep their best prospects in the minors and why Jose Abreu is so important for his young team?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

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White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

The White Sox three outfield prospects are creating a lot of buzz at spring training.

On this edition of the podcast, Micker Adolfo tells Chuck Garfien about a conversation they all had about one day becoming the starting outfield for the White Sox. Adolfo talks about his longtime friendship with Eloy Jimenez, his impressions of Luis Robert, Luis Basabe and the White Sox future.

But first, it's a conversation with MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez who has great insight on many of the White Sox players: Jimenez, Robert, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu. He tells an amazing story about why Jimenez decided to sign with the Cubs when he was a teenager, how much Abreu is revered in Cuba and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.