Big start for Danks today (UPDATED)
GOODYEAR, Ariz. - Starting to get an itch for major-league baseball, specifically White Sox baseball?
I am, which makes this spring training visit even better.
If the weather here in the Phoenix area starts blowing toward Chicago, Sox fans won't be shivering when the regular season opens on April 1 against the Royals at U.S. Cellular Field.
Sorry to report, it's already approaching 80 degrees an hour before the White Sox play a Cactus League game vs. the Reds.
As Opening Day draws closer, these exhibition games become much more important. That is certainly the case for the Sox today.
-John Danks makes his fourth start of the spring, and it's a big one for the left-hander.
Trying to make it all the way back from Aug. 6 shoulder surgery, Danks has pitched 7.2 exhibition innings and allowed 11 runs (10 earned) on 16 hits and 3 walks.
If all goes well, Danks gets two more starts after today before the regular season opens. Today, he's got to begin showing manager Robin Ventura and the rest of the staff that he's ready to start the season on the 25-man roster.
UPDATE: Danks didn't show anything at all this afternoon, allowing 10 earned runs on 11 hits and 2 walks in 3.1 innings.
We'll have more later, but I'm thinking it would be a miracle if he's ready to break camp. The Sox do have a good backup option in Hector Santiago.
-Talked to catcher Tyler Flowers this morning about the stiff lower back he's been dealing with since last Thursday.
Flowers is in the White Sox' lineup today, but that doesn't mean he's feeling 100 percent.
"It was a little more than your standard aches and pains," Flowers said. "I'm not really sure what caused it or anything, but it's progressed every day since it happened and it feels pretty good today. Going through everything this morning, throwing and hitting, it felt good."
Flowers said he didn't tweak the back swinging or playing defense.
"I don't recall one specific thing," he said. "I just kind of woke up with it. I was pretty dehydrated in that game (Thursday), so I was dealing with some cramping and stuff that night. When I woke up in the morning it was pretty tight, stiff and painful."
-The Sox made five roster moves earlier today.
Third baseman Brent Morel was the biggest name on the lost. He was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte, as was right-handed pitcher Deunte Heath.
Left-handed pitcher Daniel Moskos, infielder Carlos Sanchez and right-hander Zach Stewart were reassigned to minor-league camp.
Morel, who missed most of last season with a bad back, hit .216 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI in 18 Cactus League games.
-Here’s the White Sox’ lineup today:
Dewayne Wise - RF
Gordon Beckham - 2B
Jeff Keppinger - 3B
Adam Dunn - 1B
Paul Konerko – DH
Dayan Viciedo - LF
Alexei Ramirez - SS
Tyler Flowers - C
Blake Tekotte - CF
John Danks – SP