Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: John Danks placed on DL
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The Chicago White Sox scratched John Danks from his start tomorrow versus the Cleveland Indians and have placed him on the 15-day DL with soreness in the back of his left shoulder. Danks apparently felt some pain in his pitching arm after his win against the Chicago Cubs last Saturday (no earned runs, three hits, one walk, four K's in six innings).
The 27-year-old southpaw already underwent an MRI, which didn't reveal anything troubling, so he's expecting to miss, at most, two starts; the DL stint can be backdated to Sunday, meaning he can return June 4. Skipper Robin Ventura doesn't think Danks will need a rehab assignment, either. Regardless, the ChiSox probably don't mind letting Danks rest up a bit, since he is sporting the seventh highest ERA in the majors for a starter.
Jose Quintana, another lefty, was recalled to take Danks' rotation spot against the Tribe Friday; it'll be his first major league start. Quintana made his major league debut back on May 7 - against the Indians, fittingly - in long relief of Philip Humber and tossed 5 2/3 scoreless frames while walking two and fanning three.
The White Sox aren't saying whether Quintana will remain in Danks' spot until he returns. They're likely waiting to make that decision based on how he fares tomorrow. He won't excite owners except in AL-only leagues in the case that Danks has a setback and sits out longer.
The 23-year-old Colombian began his career as a reliever with the New York Yankees and has flip-flopped between roles until this year. In nine starts with Double-A Birmingham, he went 1-3 with a 2.77 ERA, 41 K's and 14 walks in 48 2/3 innings. He's hovered around a K/9 of seven in his minor league career, but don't expect him to miss that many bats in the bigs. Quintana lives on staying around the zone and mixing up his offerings to deceive opposing hitters.
Now that Danks has landed on the DL, it's probably safe to drop him in most mixed leagues, if you hadn't already. He's worth watching, though, if he's able to recapture the dominance and control he displayed in the second half last year.
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Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program. Follow @keithdez27
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