Jordan Danks plans to build on strong spring camp
CHICAGO -- White Sox outfielder Jordan Danks had a different feeling when he was sent back to Triple-A Charlotte during this last Spring Training, knowing the move wasn't about performance following his five-homer, 10-RBI effort.
"It felt good just knowing that it was a numbers issue," Danks said. "They said anything can happen, obviously, with what's going on, and so just to stay ready. And sure enough, here I am a few days later."
The thought regarding Danks' big league opportunity was that he could be promoted if Alejandro De Aza or Dayan Viciedo was traded out of a left-field platoon. Instead, Avisail Garcia's season-ending torn labrum in his left shoulder, suffered in the sixth inning of Wednesday's loss in Colorado, provided this extended opportunity for Danks, who takes on fourth-outfielder responsibilities.
Danks feels prepared to go against right-handed or left-handed pitchers as a left-handed hitter.
"I think I saw more lefties in the last six days than I saw the entire year last year," Danks said. "We got a lot of lefties, and I think we led off the season, actually, with a knuckleballer. It was very unorthodox, but it was a good experience and I got plenty of ABs down there and felt pretty good."