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John Danks must improve to make White Sox rotation

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09:57 AM ET 03.16 | White Sox pitching Don Cooper hasn't ruled John Danks out of the starting rotation when camp breaks. But he knows the $65 million left-hander -- who started on Opening Day last season but was derailed by a shoulder injury -- must progress in his last three starts of the spring. "John is aware if he's ready he's going to be with us," Cooper said Friday. "If he's not, we'll give him more time. It's not something we are going to rush or force feed. We can't say, 'Hey, we need you to throw harder.' We have no control over that. All we have control over is going out there and having our sidelines and going out in the game. Heck, he threw 60 pitches yesterday so that's a plus in itself. He's climbing." With velocity in the upper 80s, Danks' fastball isn't where it needs to be for him to be at the top of his game. He was roughed up for six runs on seven hits in 31/3 innings against the Angels on Thursday. His spring ERA is 11.74 over three starts. His ERAs the last two springs were 3.04 and 4.09.

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March 16, 2013  10:22 AM ET

Oh well.

March 16, 2013  11:08 AM ET

I think he hurt his shoulder carrying around the huge pile of money the ChiSox gave him.

March 16, 2013  11:08 AM ET

Danks Stanks

March 16, 2013  11:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

*Revised*

Gee Thanks Tank Danks, you little Wank shooting Blanks. You Stank

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March 16, 2013  12:11 PM ET
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Danks Stanks

Quit ye Dank-bashing. The White Sox will bring this guy back to form like they did with Peavy.

March 16, 2013  12:16 PM ET
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Quit ye Dank-bashing. The White Sox will bring this guy back to form like they did with Peavy.

Yeah but try rhyming Peavy in a sentence

March 16, 2013  12:24 PM ET
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Gee Thanks Tank Danks, you little Wank shooting Blanks. You Stank

And your momma's Rank. Get that (H)oe off Crank

March 16, 2013  12:28 PM ET
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And your momma's Rank. Get that (H)oe off Crank

This is classic. Reminds me of Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner.

March 16, 2013  12:39 PM ET
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This is classic. Reminds me of Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner.

Had to look that one up. lol. It didn't have as much bite being from 1834. Although Iron Maiden's version was catchy

March 16, 2013  12:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Quit ye Dank-bashing. The White Sox will bring this guy back to form like they did with Peavy.

slowly but surely..

March 16, 2013  12:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Oh well.

its always something,,,but what else can you do?? he would come around by may or at the middle of may why not??

March 16, 2013  12:49 PM ET
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I think he hurt his shoulder carrying around the huge pile of money the ChiSox gave him.

money can bring you some tough memories..

March 16, 2013  04:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

slowly but surely..

Step by step.

Inch by inch.

March 16, 2013  07:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Oh well.

john Danks could be exstending his spring training until the end of april,, know why?? he will need extra innings of work,in order to be ready for the long season!!!

 
March 16, 2013  10:08 PM ET

Danks a Lot!!!

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