Chicago’s Danks to have exploratory surgery

John Danks is done for the season because of a left shoulder

strain, and the Chicago White Sox starting pitcher is scheduled to

have exploratory surgery Monday to find out what has caused the

injury to linger for months.

The left-hander hasn’t pitched in the majors since May 19. In

nine starts this year, Danks is 3-4 with a 5.70 ERA. He’s in the

first year of a five-year contract.

”In the long run you find out what it is and take care of it,”

manager Robin Ventura said before Tuesday’s game in Minnesota.

Ventura also questioned how much longer the White Sox could go

this year hoping that Danks’ shoulder gets better and he can help

the club that started the day 1 1/2 games ahead of Detroit in the

AL Central.

”To get him able and be ready to pitch at this level and be

effective, and do all the things that he would feel confident going

out there, time was getting a little short for that,” Ventura

said. ”With the way he was feeling and the timing of it, it’s time

to just go in and find out what it is and take care of it.”

”I’m disappointed for John,” pitching coach Don Cooper said.

”When all of the questions are asked, `Is it that?’ `Is it this?’

what it comes down to we don’t know and we got to go in and look.

That’s the last thing you want to do. … But that’s where we’re

at.”

Ventura also said that Chris Sale is likely to start next

Tuesday against Kansas City. The dominant left-hander has thrown

124 innings in his first season as a starter, by far the most in

his young career. Ventura indicated Sunday that Sale (12-3) could

be battling fatigue.