As the White Sox open their second consecutive series against a fellow first-place team in the American League, one Chicago player has grown tired of having to watch from the shadows.
Righthander John Danks remains on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain. He has no time table for his return to the White Sox rotation, leaving him understandably frustrated.
Im chomping at the bit and getting impatient now, Danks said Tuesday prior to Chicagos series opener against Texas at U.S. Cellular Field. I've been on the DL long enough and it's been kind of the same thing every day. I'm ready to just start playing.
Danks addressed reporters prior to seeing the team doctors, but after he had a cortisone shot in his shoulder.
I'm doing okay, he said. I played catch today and itd been a few days. I came in here and got a cortisone shot and so, hopefully, that will kick in and I'll get back to actually playing baseball. This DL stuff is getting old.
Danks, who has been on the DL since May 25, said the soreness in his shoulder is improving, which is the only positive he could find through this ordeal.
From everything I've been told I should be getting close (to returning), he said. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. We're doing everything we know to do. We're just kind of at the mercy of my shoulder now. We're going to keep working hard. That way I can hit the ground running whenever I do get healthy. Hopefully that's in time to help us win the division.
In Year 2 of the rebuild, not much is expected from the White Sox in 2018. But is there more to this team than meets the eye? Could they compete this season and potentially follow the script of the Minnesota Twins, who went from 103 losses to a wild card spot in one year?
Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Chris Kamka dig into the possibilities and provide cases for why and why not.
Plus, the guys announce the winner of the SoxFest passes, and Kamka devotes this edition of Kamka's Corner to soon-to-be Hall of Famer Jim Thome.
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Playing for the team you grew up cheering for is a dream for many baseball players.
Dean Anna is getting a chance to live that dream with the White Sox.
A 31-year-old infielder born in Glenwood, Anna has played in numerous minor league systems, including those of the San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals. Tuesday, he tweeted that the White Sox will be his next team.
Anna, a Lincoln-Way East alum and Ball State University product, was a 26th-round pick of the Padres in the 2008 draft. He spent six years in the Padres' organization and has spent the past four years at the Triple-A level with four different organizations.
Most recently, he played 112 games with the Omaha Storm Chasers, a Royals affiliate, last season, where he slashed .285/.364/.376 with 53 runs scored and 33 RBIs. Anna played 64 games at second base and 26 at third base last season.
Anna has played a few big league games, too. He played 12 games with the Yankees in 2014, picking up three hits including a home run in that stint. He also played one game with the Cardinals during the 2015 season.