South paw John Danks will likely make his 2013 return for the Chicago White Sox this Friday against the Florida Marlins. The last time Danks pitched on the major league level was over 10 months ago after undergoing left shoulder surgery.
Danks has made four appearances so far for the White Sox triple – A affiliate Charlotte. Once it is certain that Danks will make his debut on Friday, White Sox Manager Robin Ventura will have to make a decision on who will go to the bullpen, Hector Santiago or Dylan Axelrod.
With the way Axelrod has performed of late, I would have to think it’s going to be an easy decision for Ventura on who will be headed to the bullpen.
With the season ending injury to Gavin Floyd and the latest missed start by Chris Sale, Danks return really couldn’t come at a better time for the White Sox.
Not to put any added pressure on the left hander, but if the White Sox have any hope of contending in 2013, they really need Danks to return to the form he showed way back in 2011.
If Danks can return to even close to those past numbers, then the White Sox just might have a chance to climb back in the central division race. If he doesn’t look like his former self, then General Manager Rick Hahn better get on the phone and quick.