Kenny: No Danks surgery -- for now
July, 29, 2012
By Scott Powers
Chicago White Sox general manager Ken Williams said it was premature to discuss whether starting pitcher John Danks would require surgery on his left throwing shoulder.
AP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastDoctors have not found a reason to operate on John Danks' shoulder just yet.
Danks has been on the disabled listed since May 20 due to abnormal soreness in his shoulder. He last pitched for the White Sox on May 19. He made a rehab start in Triple-A on June 12 and again felt an irregular strain following the start. He's since been receiving treatment and rehabbing the shoulder.
Danks told MLB.com on Saturday, "Obviously, I've said it before, I thought I would be back by now. It just hasn't progressed quite like we thought it would. I don't know if we are quite to the surgery part yet. Certainly there is a time where you got to do something."
Williams thought surgery was still far down the list of options.
"That's something that hadn't really been discussed at length," Williams said on a conference call on Sunday. "It was a worst-case scenario. Sure, if he doesn't bounce back, that's a possibility. There's nothing in there the doctors can identify right now that actually warrants that right now. When I hear the question, ‘Could he possibly have surgery?' Yeah, so could I."
Danks is 3-4 with a 5.70 ERA in nine starts this season.