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John Danks hoping to return immediately after All-Star break

John Danks

Chicago White Sox starter John Danks , right, is checked by a trainer after an injury during the second inning of an interleague baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Chicago, Saturday, June 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


Placed on the disabled list Sunday with an oblique muscle injury, John Danks is hoping to rejoin the White Sox’s rotation immediately following the All-Star break after an MRI exam revealed only a mild strain.

Oblique injuries have a tendency to linger, but Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago notes that Danks has never been on the DL before and “the White Sox are confident Danks can return on time.”

However, because the rotation gets some extra time off during the All-Star break anyway the White Sox may not ask Danks to return until the second series of the second half, with Padilla reporting that he’ll likely make at least one minor-league rehab start first.

Danks got off to an 0-8 starts thanks to inconsistent pitching and poor run support, but went 3-0 with a 1.14 ERA in June.