05/08/11 9:27 PM ET
Danks concerned about pitching, not trades
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
It was Williams who acquired Danks from the Rangers as part of a five-player trade just before Christmas of 2006 and gave him a chance to thrive in the White Sox rotation. Danks also understands how Williams could be just as aggressive with potential moves involving this current White Sox roster if fortunes don't improve in the next month to six weeks.
And with Danks holding just one more year of arbitration before he becomes a free agent after the 2012 season, while also figuring to bring back a good talent haul, he could be one of those players on the unwanted trade block, even as a 26-year-old approaching elite pitching status. It's a scenario Danks realizes could exist but doesn't spend much time considering.
"You know, I haven't. I'm more concerned about trying to get that first win more than anything right now," Danks said. "Like I said, it's a part of the game. I've been traded before.
"Obviously I love it here and don't want to be traded. It's something that, you know, if it did happen, I would deal with. But I want to be here, and hopefully we can turn it around so I don't have to worry about it."
Danks holds an 0-5 record entering Tuesday's start in Anaheim, but he has a 3.83 ERA and has deserved a better fate. The White Sox have the worst record in Major League Baseball through 34 games, and while they don't think about Williams breaking up this team, they know the reality exists.
"We all know that's a possibility," Danks said. "That's just the truth. That's just the way it works. That hasn't come up much around here -- as of yet, at least. But you know, we have another month like we did last month and something is going to happen. That's the nature of the beast.
"I'm not a GM by any means, but my opinion, I don't think there's a whole lot of need or want just yet. The season is still early enough that even if Kenny decided to trade some guys away, I don't know there would be many suitors. You have to get a little closer to the [Trade] Deadline.
"I don't think that's a concern around here yet," Danks said. "But like I said, we have to turn it around or else it will be a harsh reality, no doubt."
Konerko sports pink cleats, rips five hits
SEATTLE -- Paul Konerko didn't choose to use the pink bat during a Mother's Day contest Sunday at Safeco Field, helping raise awareness for breast cancer. Instead, the captain was the only White Sox starter to sport pink cleats.
Apparently, those cleats brought Konerko a bit of good fortune. Konerko finished 5-for-5 in Chicago's 5-2 victory over the Mariners in 10 innings, tying a career-high with the third five-hit game of his career. Every White Sox starter but Konerko began the game with the pink bat, while first-base coach Harold Baines also featured the pink cleats.
But it was Konerko who had the most success, with four singles and a double. The White Sox captain enjoyed the team win, and was proud to help out such a worthwhile cause.
"Now you don't think twice about it. You know it's good," Konerko said. "Makes people out there think about the right things. They should do more days with colors and stuff, incorporate other things."
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen joked before the victory how he hoped the pink bats came with a few hits stored inside.
"A great cause for a lot of reasons: cancer, money, health," Guillen said. "I always say I do anything to help people out there."
Konerko dealing with irritation in wrist
SEATTLE -- The sore left wrist that caused Paul Konerko to get a postgame X-ray Saturday night stands as more of a chronic issue from the past few seasons. But Konerko has a tough time explaining exactly what causes the pain.
"It's as simple as something just gets into a little area in there and it's irritating me and then it's gone," Konerko said. "I might not feel it for a month or two, or weeks on end, and then it pops back in there. Luckily it's never really happened during a game.
"But my one [fifth inning] at-bat last night, when I was getting ready for the pitch, it clicked into that spot. At this point, we don't know. There's obviously something that irritates me there. We don't know what it is. We'll find out. If anything would get taken care with it, it's an offseason thing."
Konerko not only was back in the lineup Sunday, hitting fourth and playing first base, but he matched a career-high with his third five-hit game during the 5-2 victory in 10 innings. During batting practice, Konerko said the trouble area popped back in place and the pain disappeared.
"When it's in that spot, I feel it in everything I do," Konerko said. "When it's not in that spot, I don't feel it at all. That's the best way I can put it.
"Like the doctor last night said, it could be a flap of tissue that comes up and lays down and that's the difference between feeling it and not feeling it.
"You hope it doesn't happen in a competitive situation, whether it be here or golf," added Konerko with a smile.
Peavy on track to make start on Wednesday
SEATTLE -- Jake Peavy played catch before Sunday's series finale against the Mariners and plans to throw a side before Monday's opener with the Angels. If all goes well, the highly-competitive Peavy will make his long-awaited White Sox return on Wednesday in Anaheim, after tearing his lat muscle while pitching against the Angels on July 6 of last season.
"I do want to bring some enthusiasm, some fire, some passion," Peavy said. "I certainly think the ballclub could use a shot in the arm.
"I'm not promising anything by any means, but I can promise you this: We're going to compete on that day -- not to say that we haven't been, but there's going to be more energy than we've had, and [we'll] go out there and try to turn things around, because we've dug ourselves a pretty nice hole here."
Lillibridge gets start over Quentin in right
SEATTLE -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen gave Washington state native Brent Lillibridge a start in right field Sunday, with Carlos Quentin and his 5-for-32 slump getting a break.
"We have to be careful to keep him fresh all year long," said Guillen of Quentin. "Carlos plays one way and his body needs rest. Today was the perfect day to do it."
Guillen moved Alex Rios up to the fifth slot, with Rios knocking out 11 hits in 29 at-bats during May. Alexei Ramirez was just 3-for-22 in May entering Sunday, but Guillen elected to keep him at the second slot against Seattle southpaw Erik Bedard. Ramirez knocked in the game-winning run during a three-run 10th off of closer Brandon League.
"I don't think Alexei is the typical second hitter," Guillen said. "The only one we have here, he handles the bat well, is [Brent)]Morel.
"Right now I'll wait until Morel gets better, and put [Ramirez] down there, and we can put Morel batting second. I almost did it today. But I don't want to get too anxious just because [Morel] had three hits [Saturday]. If he continues to swing the bat, we'll see."
Third to first
Sergio Santos still has not been scored upon in 2011, dating back to Spring Training.
The White Sox have not won three games in a row this season.
The White Sox improved to 3-3 in extra-inning contests.