08/22/12 12:45 AM ET
With De Aza on shelf, Danks ready for chance
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
De Aza's temporary inactivity, retroactive to Saturday, means outfielder Jordan Danks has returned to the Major Leagues. Danks was reassigned to Triple-A Charlotte on Aug. 12, just two days after his first Major League homer produced a walk-off win for the White Sox over the A's.
Danks did nothing wrong during his first big league stint, a point reinforced by manager Robin Ventura and general manager Ken Williams. Hearing those positive words made Danks' transition back to the Minors a bit easier.
"It wasn't anything that I did that caused me to go down," said Danks, who batted .265 with three RBIs in 29 games with the White Sox from June 7-Aug. 12 but has reached base in 30 straight games with the Knights. "It was just a numbers issue, so that was easy to leave here with that thought. It's just good to be back."
"This was just another chance for us to fortify us a little bit more and now get Jordan some at-bats down at Triple-A," Williams said. "So when he [came] back, he can hit the ground running rather than sit here for the next six weeks and now we don't have any place to give him those at-bats."
Those De Aza plate appearances went to Dewayne Wise, who entered Tuesday having produced a .290 average with three homers and nine RBIs over 31 at-bats with the White Sox. Getting those extra at-bats in Charlotte kept Danks sharp, and the outfielder will try to maintain that through extra swings during early batting practice.
Ventura has little doubt De Aza will be ready to return when he's eligible. The team simply needed another bench player to go with Rey Olmedo and Tyler Flowers.
"You can't have 26 guys in the locker room," Danks said. "I just took it for what it was. I left here feeling good at the plate and did well down there. My confidence level is still there."
Reed credits Ventura for quick transition to bigs
CHICAGO -- When Addison Reed fanned Russell Martin to pick up his 22nd save with the completion of Monday night's 9-6 win over the Yankees, the right-handed reliever kept the baseball.
Reed didn't hang on to the ball because the save broke the single-season franchise record for rookies that Reed had shared with Salome Barojas (21 in 1982). It's just something he has been doing during the course of this season.
"I actually have all the baseballs from all my saves," Reed said. "It's not like I kept that one just because it was the record. I keep all of them.
"To be honest, I didn't even know I tied it until, I think, the day after I did it. It's nothing I pay attention to. I was happy to get out there and get another save. It doesn't mean anything to me. I just go out there and pitch. It's a nice accomplishment once the season is over, but as long as we keep winning, I'll be happy."
With 47 appearances under his belt and with just 40 regular-season games remaining for the White Sox after Tuesday, Reed certainly doesn't feel like a rookie anymore. Because of the way the White Sox handle their business, Reed actually never felt that way.
"From position players to the pitchers, everybody is awesome," said Reed, also giving major credit to manager Robin Ventura and his staff for the comfort level he feels as a rookie. "They don't treat us out of the ordinary. They don't treat us bad.
"In the past, I've heard rookies are usually kind of treated a little differently. But they treat us awesome up here, and we all feel a part of the team."
Facing Yankees gives Wise an extra jolt
CHICAGO -- Dewayne Wise admitted to having a little extra energy moving through his body when he homered during Monday night's 9-6 White Sox win over the Yankees. After all, Wise played for New York earlier this season and seemed to do his job pretty well before the club designated him for assignment in July to add Ichiro Suzuki.
The move surprised Wise, who hit .262 with three homers and eight RBIs for the Yankees. He also understands the business side of the game and has enjoyed the enviable experience of playing for two first-place teams in the same season.
"I guess a lot of pressure is on them; it's a high-market team that has won a lot of championships over the years," Wise, who is batting .353 in his first eight starts with the White Sox, said of the Yankees. "Here, nobody expected us to be where we are today.
"Over here, guys are just laid back. They have a good staff that just goes out and allows guys to play, and I think that's a key to our success."
Peavy helps local kids gear up for school
CHICAGO -- Jake Peavy did a little back-to-school shopping with children from the Union League Boys & Girls Club of Chicago on Tuesday morning while also signing autographs and taking pictures with the attendees.
The group visited Staples, which donated bags full of school supplies to the Jake Peavy Foundation. Staples also made donations to the Peavy Foundation and the Union League Boys & Girls Club on Peavy's behalf.
It's an activity that Peavy did for the first time in Chicago, after hosting similar events in San Diego and back home in Alabama.
"Unfortunately, a lot of these kids don't have the means to go out and get a new bookbag or get the school supplies," Peavy said. "If you could see how excited they were to get lunchboxes with cartoon characters on it, some nice pencils and pads ... I know it seems very insignificant to a lot of us, but it was such a cool day and fun to be part of it.
"The children are our future. If we can get those guys off to a bright note for the school year and get them excited about school, that's a good thing. We had quite a bit of White Sox fans there, and it was fun for me to spend some time with those guys and let them know we care about what they are about to do."
Third to first
Dayan Viciedo's 11-game hitting streak, the longest of his career, ended on Tuesday.
Gavin Floyd still has a place in the White Sox starting rotation following Monday's abbreviated outing, which lasted 2 1/3 innings. But for a team in a fight for the postseason, starts like Monday's can't really happen again.
"He knows that," Ventura said of Floyd.
The White Sox hit four homers on Monday, marking the fifth time this season they've gone deep four or more times at home. They did not post a four-homer game at U.S. Cellular Field in 2011.
The White Sox have been in first place for 82 days this season.