John Danks has mild oblique strain

Updated: June 28, 2011, 9:51 PM ET
By Doug Padilla |

DENVER -- The Chicago White Sox were pleased with John Danks' MRI results that showed only a mild strain of his right oblique.

Danks was injured while pitching in Saturday's game against the Washington Nationals and was put on the 15-day disabled list a day later. It is the first DL stint in Danks' nine-year professional career.

While pitchers' DL stints for oblique injuries typically last more than a month, the White Sox are confident Danks can return on time. He is eligible to come off the DL on July 11, which is the first day of the All-Star break.

That will give the left-hander even more time to recover, especially if he isn't needed to join the rotation until the second series of the first half, July 18-20 at Kansas City. He is likely to need at least one minor league rehab start.

Danks started the season 0-8, but was 3-0 with a 1.14 ERA over his next four starts, counting his 1 2/3 innings Saturday.

Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for

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.