7/29/2014 8:01 P.M. ET
Lindstrom wants to be White Sox closer
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
DETROIT -- The most pressing issue on Matt Lindstrom's agenda is returning from late May surgery to repair a damaged tendon sheath in his left ankle. He threw another simulated game to Avisail Garcia before Tuesday's regular-season contest and seems ready for a Minor League rehab assignment.
Once Lindstrom returns, which could be after two or three Minor League appearances, he can think a bit about the future while trying to succeed in the present. Lindstrom had his $4 million club option picked up by the White Sox for 2014, and the strong veteran bullpen influence and potential free agent would like to pitch again for the White Sox in 2015.
"I'd like to keep closing," said the 34-year-old, who has a 3.32 ERA and six saves in nine chances this season. "With this time off, hopefully I can step back up in there and have the stuff I pitched with before.
"Maybe I won't be throwing 100, but I'm confident and nothing really bothers me. So, that would be the most important thing, I think. It's not like I don't want to go out when something is bothering me. If you are injured, you are injured. If you are hurt, that's a different thing."
White Sox manager Robin Ventura said that Lindstrom probably wouldn't leave on a rehab assignment until the team returns from the road on Friday. Lindstrom felt as good as he has in a long time throwing Tuesday, being loose, fluid and solid with all of his mechanics from an arm standpoint, and making the plays when tested in the field.
"These next seven weeks are important not only personally, but I take it pretty serious as far as just not wanting to get injured," Lindstrom said. "I take pride in being out in the field and trying to not necessarily put up numbers but help my team win.
"I'm just trying to get better each year and have a long career. I would definitely like to come back to Chicago. I wanted to sign here when I was a free agent the first time. It has to be mutual. I'm just worried about pitching these last six or seven weeks.
I've been working hard to get myself back, but I don't like that time off," Lindstrom said. "We have time off in the offseason. During baseball season, it's time to work and grind it out. That's what these guys have been doing. I just want to be part of that."
Danks subject of minor speculation ahead of Deadline
DETROIT -- There has been so little buzz around the White Sox as Thursday's 3 p.m. CT non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches that far-ranging rumors about the Yankees' interest in John Danks have drawn attention.
Danks continues to prepare for his start Thursday afternoon against the Tigers and hasn't felt any need to ask White Sox general manager Rick Hahn about a potential change in his status.
"That's getting out of my lane, if you will," said Danks. "Rick has a job to do and if it involves something with me, then so be it. Rick has enough people in his ear right now. He doesn't need me coming to ask him questions each day."
White Sox players and coaches are operating under the assumption that the club they have now is the one they will have for the rest of the 2014 season, barring the return of injured players such as Avisail Garcia and Matt Lindstrom. Danks hopes his stay with the White Sox extends past this current campaign.
"I like it here. I've enjoyed my time here," said Danks, who is owed $28.50 million over the 2015 and 2016 seasons. "Like I said all along, I hope I can at least finish this contract if not my career here."
"We are concentrating and focused on what we are doing here," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Wherever we are at in a week, that's where we are at. I know Rick is working. So he'll call if something is up."
Avisail on track to return to action this season
DETROIT -- Even back in early July, three months after Avisail Garcia was said to be out for the season following surgery to repair a torn labrum and avulsion fracture in his left shoulder, Garcia told MLB.com that he still wanted to play in '14.
Now that hope is close to becoming a reality.
Garcia took part in a second simulated game with recovering pitcher Matt Lindstrom pitching on Tuesday and gave the thumbs-up as to how he was feeling following the session.
"I hit a couple of balls good," Garcia said. "Everything is fine. I hit a couple of good balls today. I threw to the bases today, too. I'm just waiting for the time when they send me down."
Garcia's return would be important not just to the team, but in terms of his development, which was cut short with just 34 plate appearances.
"Where he's at right now, you expect at some point to be able to see him," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "But I'm sure he'll get home and doctors will look at him again and everybody has to make sure he's 100 percent when he goes out there.
"I don't think we're going to be pressing that he has to make it here. But if he's totally healthy and he's ready to go I know, I would be happy to see him."
Rodon to be promoted to Class A on Wednesday
DETROIT -- Carlos Rodon will be assigned to Class A Winston-Salem before the Dash's Wednesday afternoon game against Frederick, and the left-hander will pitch one inning in relief.
Rodon was the team's top pick and third selection overall in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, while recently being named by MLB.com as the club's top prospect in the midseason rankings and 23rd in all of baseball. Rodon made two appearances for the Arizona Rookie League White Sox, allowing two runs on four hits over three innings, with five strikeouts and no walks.
There is a possibility that Rodon, 21, could follow the Chris Sale development path and work in relief for the White Sox during the same season in which he was drafted.
Third to first
• Steve Stone (play-by-play) and Tom Paciorek (analyst) will team together again for the White Sox television broadcasts for this series in Detroit. Ken "Hawk" Harrelson, who missed the last series at Minnesota, will miss this three-game set for personal reasons.
• Triple-A Charlotte first baseman Andy Wilkins has been named the International League Batter of the Week for the second straight week. Wilkins is hitting .483 (42-for-87) with eight doubles, 12 homers, 30 RBIs and 24 runs scored in his last 21 games. Wilkins has hit safely in 19 of the contests (four multi-homer and nine multi-RBI games).
Wilkins sits atop the International League in home runs (26), RBIs (70), extra-base hits (53), total bases (217) and home run ratio (14.69) and ranks second in slugging percentage (.568).
• Pitching coach Don Cooper, who has not been on the road trip with the White Sox because of vertigo, is expected back Friday when the White Sox return home.