Danks Happy With First Cactus League Start and “Couldn’t Really Have Asked For More”

Monday, March 4, 2013

Today’s News

A Good Start…

All eyes were on John Danks today in his first Cactus League appearance of the spring. And after his two-plus inning, 35-pitch outing–allowing just one run without giving up a walk–he was happy with his performance and to be back on the mound in game action after shoulder surgery. Danks retired six of the eight batters he faced and 27 of his 35 pitches were strikes. He reached 89 mph.

“All good,” Danks told reporters after his outing. “Glad to get the first one out of the way. I couldn’t really have asked for more…my main focus was throwing strikes and I was able to do that…I feel good right now. The test will be tomorrow and the next day.”

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…And a Good Win

Dewayne Wise smashed a three-run opposite field homer, Alexei Ramirez doubled in a run and Paul Konerko collected a run-scoring single as the Sox defeated the World Champion Giants this afternoon, 6-2 on 11 hits, at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. On the mound, Donnie Veal (1.0), Simon Castro (2.0), Jhan Marinez (1.0) and Brian Omogrosso (1.0) all were unscored upon…Castro has been especially superb this spring, striking out eight and allowing only two hits in five innings.

Crain Withdraws from World Baseball Classic

Unfortunately, White Sox reliever Jesse Crain had to be scratched from the Team Canada WBC roster due to a sprained left adductor muscle. The injury is not considered serious, but it did keep Crain from his last scheduled Cactus League appearance. After consulting with doctors, Crain contacted Team Canada officials to inform them of his having to withdraw.

More White Sox WBC News

Other Sox players participating in the WBC include pitcher Andre Rienzo (Brazil) outfielders Alejandro De Aza (Dominican Republic) and Alex Rios (Puerto Rico) and infielder Andy Gonzalez (PR). While Brazil has already been eliminated, Rienzo was impressive against a very good Cuba team. Though he was the losing pitcher, he held the Cubans hitless over the first four innings and at one point retired nine consecutive batters.

Sox Win in “B” Game Action vs. Padres

Nothing like morning baseball to get the blood pumping. The White Sox travelled to Peoria to face the Padres in a “B” Game at 10:00 a.m. today and left with a 4-1 win behind a two-run triple by Kevan Smith and a double off the center field wall by Andy Wilkins. Zach Stewart and Jacob Petricka had scoreless outings for the Sox. Former Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin was working through some running drills on an adjacent field and stopped by the dugout to say hello to coach Gary Ward and others.

Paulie Talks Blackhawks

Dan Hayes of CSN took some video in the clubhouse this morning of Captain Konerko waxing poetic about his beloved Blackhawks. Seems Paulie is hoping the Hawks hit a bump in the road at some point to alleviate the pressure when the Stanley Cup playoffs come around.

Play of the Day

Sox reliever Ramon Troncoso played Houdini in the third inning today, escaping a bases loaded, no out situation by striking out the Giants’ Joaquin Arias and inducing Cole Gillespie to hit into a 4-6-3 double play. Props also to Gordon Beckham for making a terrific stab to start the DP.

Sox Note of Note

Keon Barnum, selected in the 2012 draft as a sandwich pick between the first and second rounds (48th overall), suffered a fractured hamate bone (right wrist) during BP in minor league mini-camp. Barnum had surgery today and normal recovery time is six weeks.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Team USA at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (2:05 p.m., Chicago time). Starter Gavin Floyd makes his first spring start vs. Derek Holland of the Texas Rangers. This is a warmup for Team USA as WBC play begins Friday night at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Did You Know…

…that Sox pitcher Dylan Axelrod has pitched 5.0 scoreless innings with six strikeouts in two appearances (one start) this spring?

Photo of the Day

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Danks back in action.

1 Comment

It is great to see you posting everyday Scott. I have faithfully read every blog post and it makes me more excited every post to get to Phoenix! I agree with Paulie too. Save some of this mojo for the playoffs. See you at the end of March!!

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