John Danks has never pitched in a major league uniform other than one for the Chicago White Sox. This may be the last time he does.
With reports swirling that he could be headed out of Chicago, Danks attempts to bounce back from his shortest outing of the season Friday night against the Minnesota Twins.
With the White Sox (49-54) two games ahead of Minnesota for last in the AL Central and 9 1/2 games out of first, Danks (8-6, 4.35 ERA) seems to be a likely candidate to be traded ahead of next Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline.
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"Yeah, nothing changes. It is what it is," Danks told MLB’s official website. "It’s part of it. Something happens, we’ll deal with it then."
The left-hander has spent all eight of his seasons with Chicago, going 69-80 with a 4.22 ERA in 201 starts. However, he hasn’t had more than eight wins in a season since getting a career-high 15 in 2010.
If the White Sox are trying to deal him, he certainly didn’t do them any favors Sunday. He was hammered for seven runs and a season-high 12 hits – two homers – in 4 1-3 innings while not getting a decision in an 11-7 loss to Houston.
Danks was 2-0 with a 2.73 ERA in his previous four outings.
He’s had no such success when facing Minnesota lately, going 0-6 with a 6.18 ERA in his last eight starts against them. That includes an 0-3 record and 8.22 ERA in four games at Target Field, allowing six runs and 10 hits with four walks in five innings of a 6-5 loss there June 22.
While Danks has struggled in Minneapolis, Adam Eaton is 8 for 22 with three extra-base hits and three RBIs in five games there. The center fielder collected three hits and two RBIs in Thursday’s 5-2 win in the series opener, giving him a .457 average in his last nine games overall.
Jose Abreu is also on a tear with a .362 average during a 14-game hitting streak, the longest active in the majors. He had a team season-high 18-game streak June 15-July 4.
Like Danks, Kevin Correia (5-12, 4.76) may also be headed elsewhere in a trade, but he’s more concerned with rebounding from his shortest outing since May. The right-hander was pulled after four innings Sunday, giving up four runs and seven hits with three walks while tossing 91 pitches in a 5-3 defeat to Tampa Bay.
It was the fourth loss in five starts for Correia, but he has a 2.87 ERA over his last eight. One of his good performances in that span came June 21 when he beat Chicago, allowing two runs – one earned – in six innings of a 4-3 victory.
Correia is 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA in his last five starts against the White Sox.
The Twins (46-55) got a scare Thursday when top starter Phil Hughes suffered a right shin contusion on a comebacker off the bat of Adam Dunn in the fourth inning. They’re hopeful he’ll make his next start.
Minnesota is 2-4 thus far on a 10-game homestand and has dropped nine of 12 at Target Field.
"We just have to keep plugging away," Hughes said. "There’s no alternative."