DETROIT -- Ever unpredictable at the trade deadline, White Sox general manager Kenny Williams said Saturday he remains open to more deals after the team acquired Brett Myers from the Houston Astros.
But Williams also feels his team, which entered play Saturday with a half-game lead over the Detroit Tigers, will be re-energized by the return of Gavin Floyd on Monday and potentially John Danks down the road.
Ten days before the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline, the White Sox also activated veteran reliever Jesse Crain off the disabled list on Saturday. His addition along with Myers instantly gives the bullpen more experience.
We feel like here as the deadline approach, in essence, we are going to make a trade for Myers and Jesse Crain and Gavin Floyd and John Danks soon, Williams said. With that, it will be nice if we can play at full strength with additions throughout. But I still have some minutes left on my phone. I may as well use them as we continue to be creative and improve the club if possible.
The healthy return of Danks would be a significant boost to the teams rotation. Over the last week, Danks, who has been on the disabled list since May 20 with a left shoulder strain, has made several strides in the right direction. Philip Humber just returned to the rotation and Gavin Floyd will start Monday, manager Robin Ventura said on Saturday morning. Asked Friday when Danks might throw off the mound, however, Ventura said he wasnt sure.
Williams knows Danks status remains complicated.
"Thats tricky, to a large degree, Williams said. A healthy John Danks is the perfect medicine. We are comfortable and confident in that, and weve got very encouraging signs over the last number of days. So, theres less of a reason to do something along those lines. But we have to play it out."
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Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.
The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:
— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.
— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.
— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).
— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.
— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)
— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).
Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.