The Chicago White Sox have had outstanding starting pitching this season, but the one weak link in their rotation is headed out of town.
That pitcher is lefty John Danks, who was designated for assignment by the White Sox on Tuesday afternoon. Danks has had an atrocious start to the season, sporting an 0-4 record with a 7.25 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP in just four starts this season. The last straw came in a Thursday start against the Baltimore Orioles, when he gave up six runs in five innings of work at Camden Yards.
The White Sox have several options in the system to call up to replace Danks, but haven’t made the official decision yet. Miguel Gonzalez would seem to be the most likely option, but he's nursing an injury, opening the door for a player like Erik Johnson to make the jump.
Danks was originally slated to start for the White Sox on Wednesday as they welcome the Boston Red Sox to U.S. Cellular Field.
The move means the White Sox are on the hook for the remaining $15.75 million on Danks' contract. The veteran pitcher, who would have been a free agent at the end of the season, is now free to sign with another team.