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Danks throws, but isn't sure about Wednesday's start

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Danks throws, but isn't sure about Wednesday's start

By Paul LaTour
CSNChicago.com contributor
Hes feeling better, but John Danks still isnt sure when hell return to the White Sox starting rotation.

Danks threw Friday for the first time since being put on the 15-day disabled list last Friday -- retroactive to May 20, with a left shoulder strain. Danks said he threw 20 pitches on the side Friday, all fastballs and changeups.

It felt good, so Im making progress, Danks said. I havent been told a schedule or anything, but Ill try to throw another side on Sunday. Hopefully Ill feel up to throwing in some curveballs and some cutters, and then go from there.

Its another positive step for sure. It feels better even than it did in Tampa, so thats a good thing.

Danks said he doesnt know if a rehabilitation start will be necessary before returning to the Sox. Right now the team has not announced a starter for Wednesdays home game against Toronto. If Danks is unable to go, Jose Quintana will likely get his third start.

Im not the person to ask, Danks said about his possible rehab assignment. Hopefully (the shoulder) feels good and we can avoid that. Ill do whatever they want me to do. If they want me to go down there and throw a game or two, so be it.

Manager Robin Ventura hadnt talked to Danks yet when he met with the media prior to Chicagos series opener against Seattle at U.S. Cellular Field. He said the Sox are going to play it by ear as far as what happens when Danks comes off the DL.

Well see how he feels (Saturday) after throwing today, Ventura said.

Danks is 3-4 with a 5.70 ERA and 30 strikeouts in nine starts this season.

White Sox' Luis Robert not feeling pressure of Rookie of the Year hype

White Sox' Luis Robert not feeling pressure of Rookie of the Year hype

Of all the White Sox players this season, the spotlight has shined brightest on Luis Robert, but he says that’s not the reason for his recent five-game slump. In fact, Robert doesn’t even see himself as a new face of the franchise, despite all the hype surrounding his MLB debut and hot start to the season.

“I honestly don’t feel that way,” Robert said via team interpreter Billy Russo. “I just think that I’m the new guy.”

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It’s clear the pressure didn’t affect Robert earlier in the year as he notched at least one hit in his first six games, and racked up 14 hits through 10 games. As the impressive performances at the plate mounted, so did the buzz around the young centerfielder. But Robert insists he doesn’t think about it, even though he’s slashing a lowly .158/.200/.211 over his last five games, and out of the lineup for the first time in his career on Monday.

“I know everyone’s trying to talk about me, about my option for Rookie of the Year and that kind of stuff,” Robert said via Russo. “But for me I just feel like another guy for this team. I don’t feel that pressure, that attention. I know that it’s there, but I don’t think about that.”

So is this mini-slump due to an adjustment in the way pitchers are approaching Robert at the plate? Again, Robert says no.

“Pitchers have been attacking me the same way since the season started. I didn’t have good results the last few days, but I just have to keep working. There’s nothing different that they have done against me. It’s just a matter of results.”

Robert has shown a remarkable ability to adjust to a pitcher’s approach mid-game. Now it’s time to see how he adjusts to a little major league adversity.


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White Sox-Cardinals series, amid COVID-19 outbreak, still scheduled to play

White Sox-Cardinals series, amid COVID-19 outbreak, still scheduled to play

At least one sign points to the St. Louis Cardinals returning to play soon enough to play the White Sox this weekend.

The White Sox announced on Monday that the start time of their Saturday game against the Cardinals had been pushed back from a day game to a night game.

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While that isn’t extraordinarily newsworthy on it’s own, it does indicate that MLB still intends for the Cardinals to travel to Chicago to play the White Sox. St. Louis hasn’t played since July 29, since nine players and seven staff tested positive for COVID-19, according to CBS Sports.

While things can certainly change quickly, if everything remains the same the Cardinals will make up two games against the Detroit Tigers on Aug. 13. The White Sox were previously scheduled to play the Cardinals that day, so they will now have an off day on Aug. 13 and will begin their series against St. Louis on Aug. 14.

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