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Despite line drive off head, Danks stays in

6/18/2011

Despite taking a hard-hit comebacker to the back of the head during Saturday night’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox starter John Danks stayed in the game.

In the fourth inning, the Diamondbacks’ Stephen Drew hit a line drive back up the box that struck Danks in the head. It was hit so hard that it rebounded all the way toward the end of the Arizona dugout before going out of play for a ground-rule double. The double put runners on second and third.

Danks’ first reaction was to look in the air for the ball. He then looked amused by the incident, sporting a smirk on his face as trainer Herm Schneider and manager Ozzie Guillen came to the mound.

Danks continued to pitch, giving up a run on a passed ball and another on a sacrifice fly from Justin Upton one batter after he was drilled.

After the half inning, Danks continued to grin in the dugout as he took off his cap and rubbed a knot that was growing behind his left ear. He then came to the plate and grounded out to first base.