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The White Sox announced top pitching prospect Dane Dunning suffered a moderate elbow sprain in his start for Double-A Birmingham last Saturday, but the injury will not require surgery.

Dunning will head to the disabled list and go through a process of rest and rehab for six to eight weeks with Birmingham. Dunning is slated to start a throwing program after that time frame, where the organization will then determine a plan for his return to pitching.

The young pitcher received an MRI in Chicago on Wednesday, which revealed Dunning’s sprain.

After throwing only 3 2/3 innings and yielding only one run on five hits against the Montgomery Biscuits last weekend, Dunning left early with elbow soreness. His minor league record this season stands at a combined 6-3 with a 2.71 ERA in both Double-A and A-Advanced.

Dunning was acquired in the Adam Eaton trade which also sent current White Sox pitchers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez to the South Side.

Dunning is currently ranked as the sixth best prospect in the White Sox organization, according to MLB.com.