Danks will be granted his release by the Braves, Charlie Wilmoth of MLB Trade Rumors reports. Danks inked a minor-league contract with the Braves in December and received the opportunity to audition for a rotation spot with the big club in spring training, but he was unable to beat out Mike Foltynewicz for the fifth starter role after getting lit up for seven runs on 14 hits and six walks over 9.2 innings in Grapefruit League play. The 31-year-old, who was out of baseball after being released by the White Sox last May, may need to prove himself in the minors with another organization before he gets another look at the big-league level. Danks hasn't turned in a sub-4.50 ERA in a season since 2011.
Danks signed a minor-league deal with the Braves on Monday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports. Danks sat out most of the 2016 season following a release from the White Sox in May and will now look for a second chance with the Braves. He will likely work as starter depth for a Braves team inching toward contending, but his recent track record is mediocre enough that his fantasy value is negligible. He hasn't posted an ERA+ above league average since 2011 and he holds a career 6.6 K/9.
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.
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