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An update on John Danks

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An update on John Danks

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.

If all goes well, Yoan Moncada could be back with White Sox this week

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If all goes well, Yoan Moncada could be back with White Sox this week

Yoan Moncada's return to the White Sox could come as soon as Thursday.

The White Sox third baseman has been on the injured list for the entire month of August while recovering from a hamstring strain, but he could be back in the everyday lineup soon, according to manager Rick Renteria, who provided an update to reporters Monday in Minnesota.

Heading into Monday, Moncada has played three games on his current rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte, only one of which at third base. He went 4-for-12 in those three games, with a home run, two RBIs, a run scored and a pair of strikeouts.

Moncada's return to the lineup for the start of this weekend's four-game set with the Texas Rangers would be a big lift for the White Sox offense. He's been the team's best hitter this season, with a .301/.358/.535 slash line to go along with 20 home runs and 59 RBIs in 97 games.

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Tim Anderson's late summer surge

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Tim Anderson's late summer surge

A stands for April. A stands for August.

A stands for Anderson.

Just as Tim Anderson torched pitching in the season’s initial month, he’s at it again here in late summer.

Anderson’s 30 hits in 17 August games are tied with Gio Urshela for the MLB lead (entering Monday), and he’s hitting a remarkable .411 for the month. What makes it even more remarkable is that the .411 includes an 0-for-8 in a doubleheader last week against the Astros. If you took that away, he’s hitting .500.

Anderson is riding a streak of five consecutive multi-hit games; it’s the third time this season he had multiple hits in at least four straight games. He had four straight multi-hit performances earlier this month as well as from March 31-April 7.

Whereas Tim took home American League Player of the Month honors for March-April, he’s even ahead of that pace for August in some respects.

  Games BA Multi-hit games
March-April 23 .375 9
August 17 .411 10

But how is he doing it?

He’s cutting down on his strikeouts.

2019 strikeout rate

  K %
March-July 21.5
August 14.5

And when he’s swinging at balls in the zone, he’s not missing.

Contact% of balls in zone

  Zone Contact %
March-July 87.9
August 93.3

He has been particularly deadly against breaking stuff.

2019 vs. breaking pitches

  Batting Avg. Slugging
March-July .291 .437
August .500 (11-22) .636

And he has returned to his lefty-crushing ways.

2019 vs. lefties

  Batting Avg
March-July .287 (23-80)
August .480 (12-25)

When Anderson suffered a high ankle sprain on June 25 in Boston, it was uncertain as to whether he’d be able to build on a breakout 2019 season. He showed signs of rust when he went 0-for-7 in his first two games back July 30-31 against the Mets. But it’s looking more and more like he just needed a few games to shake the rust off. Conveniently, his return to form coincides with the change of month. Let’s be honest, the fact that it’s August has nothing to do with anything.

 

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