“Bionic” Danks Hits 15-Day DL


The White Sox placed John Danks on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained right oblique, the injury that caused him to leave his Saturday start after just 1 2-3 innings.

The team purchased the contract of lefty Hector Santiago from Double-A Birmingham. The team travels to Colorado, a team overrun with dangerous left-handed bats. Though the White Sox already have three southpaws in the pen (Chris Sale, Will Ohman and Matt Thornton), it doesn’t hurt to have another…you know, just in case they play another 14-inning game.

Santiago, 23, has split the season between Class A Winston-Salem and Birmingham, going a combined 6-5 with a 4.08 ERA  and 73 strikeouts in 14 starts this season, his first as a starter.  The 6-foot, 210-pounder was 2-3 with a 3.68 ERA in eight starts with Winston-Salem and 4-2 with a 4.58 ERA  in six outings with the Barons.

Santiago, a native of Newark, N.J., was selected by the White Sox in the 30th round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.  He is 20-16 with a 3.78 ERA  and 321 strikeouts in 144 games (15 starts) over five minor-league seasons.

He has no major-league experience and will wear uniform No. 60.

Danks had been hot, winning his last three decisions after starting the season 0-8.