John Danks leaves start with injury
CHICAGO -- White Sox pitcher John Danks' Saturday start was cut short after he had to exit early with a strained right oblique, according to White Sox's media relations.
After getting Jerry Hairston Jr. to pop out to right field, Danks called the trainer out to the mound and was pointing to his right side and hip area. Danks told reporters after the game that on his last pitch to Hairston he felt a pinch around his hip.
"It's pretty painful, I'm not going to lie," Danks said. "I usually would try to pitch through something like that, I just didn't think I'd be able to do it."
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Both Danks and manager Ozzie Guillen were unsure how severe the injury was and how much time, if any, Danks would miss.
"[With an oblique], it's really touchy, really hard to recover right away," Guillen said. "When he pushes [off the mound], it's when it starts to bother him. That's why we gotta go day by day and hopefully he feels better tomorrow, but we got to wait and see."
Danks' description of the pain didn't make things sound optimistic, but he still was hopeful that things could change quickly.
"It's pretty sore to walk, hard to take a deep breath," Danks said. "Hopefully after a good night's rest it will kind of subside."
Danks had allowed only one base-runner in 1 2/3 innings pitched on the day. The White Sox's bullpen picked up where Danks left off and combined to throw 7 1/3, two-hit, shutout innings, in the team's 3-0 victory over the Nationals.
Despite an 0-8 start to the season, Danks was beginning to turn things around. In his last three starts, all wins, Danks had combined to throw 22 innings while allowing only three earned runs.Sahadev Sharma covers the Cubs and White Sox for ESPNChicago.com.