John Danks on DL for first time in career

Updated: June 28, 2011, 9:57 PM ET
By Doug Padilla |

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox put left-hander John Danks on the disabled list Sunday with a strained right oblique.

Danks injured himself in the second inning of Saturday's game against the Washington Nationals.

The White Sox purchased the contract of left-hander Hector Santiago, 23, to replace Danks on the roster. Santiago, a 30th-round pick in 2006, started the season at Single-A before he was promoted to Double-A Birmingham. He is a combined 6-5 with a 4.08 ERA in his first season as a starter.

It is the first time Danks has gone on the disabled list in his nine-year professional career. He is 3-8 with a 4.21 ERA this season, going 3-0 with a 1.14 ERA over his last four starts. His major concern is whether the injury will impede his momentum when he returns.

"Obviously I hate missing time because I feel good," Danks said. "I feel like I'm on a roll. We are going to keep doing what we've done to this point to get back on track, but I mean it's definitely worth asking. I don't know. I hope it doesn't."

Santiago is expected to pitch in relief with the White Sox, giving the bullpen four left-handers along with Chris Sale, Matt Thornton and Will Ohman.

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Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for and ESPN Radio 1000.