We're now fully exposed to the true tragedy of having John Danks on the disabled list: his younger brother Jordan Danks will have to wait about a week until he gets to play on the same major league team, as the White Sox have decided to call up Jordan from the minors.
It's beginning to look like the bout of "back stiffness" that necessitated Kosuke Fukudome's removal from Sunday's game (and Eduardo Escobar's shift to left field) has evolved into some sort of rib injury. Fukudome is likely to be heading to the DL. Editor's note: Yup. Just made official.Danks the Younger will now be added to the 40-man roster, bringing the number of players on the Sox' 40-man back up to 38. Jordan has been killing it for AAA Charlotte this year, batting .302/.419/.516 with 8 homeruns and 5 stolen bases. This is his third season in AAA though, so we can't be entirely certain that the increase in walks and decrease in strikeouts is him actually learning or just getting used to the level.
He's supposed to be one of the best defensive outfielders in all of the minors, so if he can hit even a little bit we may have found our new 4th outfielder. What that means for the rest of the roster we don't yet know.
There have been some rumblings that Jordan will be playing first base tonight, but I haven't found any confirmation. For those scared this call-up means Paul Konerko's injury is more serious than previously thought, you might want to stop worrying so much. If that was the case I think Dan Johnson would have gotten the call instead.
That all being said, I'm really looking forward to reading "JOR. DANKS" on the back of a jersey.