This afternoon, moments before the Chicago White Sox were set to take on A.J. Pierzynski and the Texas Rangers, the White Sox announced three roster moves. Starter John Danks and reliever Leyson Septimo were sent to the 15-day disabled list, and lefty David Purcey was reassigned to the Sox minor-league camp.
Danks, who was already known to be headed to the DL before today, is still trying to strengthen his throwing shoulder. Since returning from his Aug. 6 shoulder surgery, the left-hander’s velocity has been his biggest problem. There’s no doubt the White Sox need a healthy Danks if they want to win the American League Central this year, which is why they have decided to take things slow with their starter.
Danks will stay in Arizona for the next few weeks in order to continue his road to recovery. I expect, and hope, Danks will be back to his old self toward the end of April. Although not being on the Opening Day roster may seem like a red flag, I’m very optimistic about Danks winning double-digit games in 2013.
Having not pitched since Mar. 7, it seemed obvious that Septimo would not start the season with the South Siders. With a left shoulder strain, the Sox made if official this afternoon by placing the left-handed reliever on the DL. A rookie a season ago, Septimo pitched in 21 games and was primarily used to get out left-handers. If Septimo can recover from his shoulder strain, expect him to make his way back into the White Sox bullpen.
In his first spring with the White Sox, Purcey struggled. Allowing seven runs over 6.1 innings pitched, Purcey failed to make much of an impression on the Sox coaching staff and was sent to the minors because of it. However, with four years of MLB experience, Purcey could be a mid-summer call up if someone catches the injury bug in the Pale Hose pen.
Overall, none of Tuesday’s moves were surprising. With the White Sox still needing to finalize their Opening Day roster before Sunday’s deadline, the club will make six more roster moves by week’s end.