Danks was designated for assignment Tuesday, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports. Danks was lit up in his first four starts of the season, posting a 7.25 ERA, 1.75 WHIP, and allowing five home runs over just 22.1 innings. He'll try to straighten himself out in the minors, while Erik Johnson is expected to join the big league team and slot into the rotation in his stead.
Danks (0-4) pitched five innings, allowing six runs, nine hits and two walks while striking out four in Thursday's lopsided loss to the Orioles. To say Danks has a rough start to his 2016 would be an understatement. After his first four starts, every peripheral suggests he is one of the worst pitchers in the league right now. One of the most glaring numbers is the drop in his fastball velocity which is at an average speed of 87.1 mph, well below any other time in his career. Dank's K:BB is terrible and he's been giving up home runs at a record pace. The 31-year-old lefty has a track record of getting it done in the majors, so it's possible he can turn this around, but many of the early performance indicators are extremely concerning.
Danks allowed six runs on nine hits in five innings against the Orioles on Thursday to take his fourth loss of the season. The O's tagged Danks for two home runs in this one, both of which came in a four-run fifth. He settled down a bit after that frame, but the damage was done. His hold on a rotation spot could be a bit more wobbly today if Miguel Gonzalez had thrown a good outing earlier in the week. Gonzalez did not, but the White Sox could have a lower level of tolerance for Danks' ineptitude if they remain in contention for the AL Central crown.
Danks is scheduled to make his next start Thursday in Baltimore, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports. As it lines up, Danks' role in the rotation beyond that is uncertain as the White Sox have an off-day Monday before a homestand next week. Miguel Gonzalez's performance Monday night against Toronto may ultimately dictate the White Sox's plans for their veteran left-hander.
Danks (0-3) put 10 men on base Thursday -- five hits and five walks -- but was able to limit the damage to two runs in a losing effort. He struck out just two. Despite this outing meeting the requirements to be considered a quality start, it's hard to consider it that. Danks has been simply awful to start this year, as evidenced by his 6.23 ERA and 1.62 WHIP, and considering he's coming off four straight seasons with an ERA of 4.71 or higher, it's hard to imagine many fantasy formats where he's worth owning.