John Danks will rejoin White Sox rotation on Friday
Left-hander John Danks will return to the White Sox rotation and make his first start following shoulder surgery on Friday.
Danks, 28, made just nine starts last season before having surgery to repair a torn capsule and rotator cuff, as well as a biceps tendon debridement. Torn capsules are no joke, the vast major of pitchers who have the injury are never the same. Chien-Ming Wang, Mark Prior, Rich Harden, Chris Young, John Maine, Dallas Braden and Johan Santana are among its victims.
There was a small chance Danks was going to be ready in time for opening day, but he had a miserable spring training (27 hits and 21 runs in 11 innings) and needed to build arm strength. He pitched to a 3.18 ERA in 22 2/3 innings across four minor league rehab outings heading into Friday's start.
Danks was a rock solid workhorse starter for the White Sox from 2007-11, going 54-56 with a 4.03 ERA and three 190+ inning seasons. They originally acquired him from the Rangers as part of a package for Brandon McCarthy back during the 2006-07 offseason.
Veal, 28, came into Wednesday's game with a 9.45 ERA and 2.70 WHIP in 6 2/3 innings. The southpaw has thrown eight scoreless innings with ten strikeouts in Triple-A.