Danks facing uncertain recovery timetable

CHICAGO -- In April, the New York Times reported that oblique injuries are on the rise, a fact of which the White Sox are becoming painfully aware.

John Danks just went on the disabled list with his, while Mark Teahen had one on May.

The Times story said the oblique troubles are weighted heavily toward the start of the season before tapering off. The Times said since 1991, a third of the injuries occurred in the season's first month and only one percent occurred in September.

The story also went on to reveal that while position players spend an average of 31 days on the disabled list with an oblique injury, pitchers spend on average 43 days of downtime. It is not known how the severity of Danks’ injury compares to Teahen’s.

“I told him to load up his iPad because he’s going to be sitting on the training table for awhile,” Teahen said. “For the first really week and a half or so, and I don’t know how serious his is, but for me it was about a week and a half to two weeks that I had to sit there and do not a whole heck of a lot before starting to test it and build it back up.”

Talking before the DL move was made official, Danks said he was feeling much better than he did Saturday. The injury not only knocked him from the game, but he said he wasn’t able to attend a Rascal Flatts concert later Saturday evening because of doctor’s orders.

“If I keep improving like I did overnight, this would be great,” Danks said. “I don’t know where we will be here in two days from now or tomorrow. I’m going to work hard and try to get back as soon as possible. I know [the trainers] are back there working hard with me. We are going to try to get back ASAP.”

Until that happens, the White Sox will revert back to a five-man rotation.