8/9/2014 10:13 P.M. ET
Jordan Danks embraces Charlotte records
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
SEATTLE -- When the Charlotte Knights hand out Jordan Danks bobbleheads on the night of Aug. 19, the outfielder will be with the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field taking on the Orioles. Danks was recalled from Charlotte prior to Saturday's contest against the Mariners, taking the spot of Adam Eaton, who was placed on the disabled list with a strained right oblique.
Danks might not be back with Charlotte for the rest of the 2014 campaign, but he has put together a memorable body of work over parts of five seasons in the International League. The 28-year-old holds the Knights franchise record for hits with 446 and is also the all-time Knights franchise leader in games played (458), runs scored (250), triples (12), walks (211) and is tied with Joe Borchard for the top spot in at-bats (1,664). He ranks second in doubles (95) and third in RBIs with 221.
The only Knights players who have put together 1,600-plus at-bats, 400-plus games and 400-plus hits are Danks and Borchard. These are not exactly the numbers that a young player dreams about when starting out, preferring to have that success at the big league level. But Danks certainly doesn't run from his historic Charlotte stint.
"My wife even said to me the other day, 'I know you want to be in the big leagues but I hope you are proud of yourself. It really is a cool honor to be a record holder on any team,'" Danks said. "I am proud. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed my time, but I'm glad to be back."
In his first stint this year with the White Sox, Danks finished 4-for-41 with 20 strikeouts. He joked Saturday that it was the first time he got sent down and it actually made sense. But Danks figured some things out offensively in Charlotte, where he hit .276 with 16 homers and 56 RBIs, contributing to his career marks.
"Those are the records you don't really want. You've been playing in the Minor Leagues too long," Danks said. "But while you are down there, you might as well set some milestones."
Eaton placed on DL with strained oblique
SEATTLE -- Adam Eaton's first year with the White Sox has been an unqualified success.
He has produced a .304 average, a .370 on-base percentage, has reached base in 48 of his last 53 games and has posted a .424 average over his last 23 games. He also has anchored the team's outfield defense in center.
About the only thing missing from Eaton's White Sox resume is the ablility to stay healthy during the course of the 2014 campaign. Eaton was placed on the disabled list Saturday with a strained right oblique, joining a list of injuries that include a broken right middle finger, a right hamstring strain and a bruised lower back, which have limited him to 94 games.
That bruised lower back came from Eaton crashing into a post on the U.S. Cellular Field right-center-field wall during the second inning of Wednesday's loss to the Rangers while tracking an Adam Rosales' home run. Eaton believes the oblique strain happened during a swing in his first inning and only at-bat Friday against Hisashi Iwakuma, but the wall collision was thought to be a contributing factor and another valuable lesson learned in regard to controlling his high-energy, all-out style of play.
"My wife, we had a discussion about it this morning. She says this kind of [stinks], but it's all about learning," Eaton said. "I learned a lot from Brett Butler as a Triple-A manager. He sent me a text this morning, saying you learn every day and you continue to learn.
"He always tells the story that he got picked off so many times he has the Atlanta record for being picked off, but then he comes and is one of the best base-stealers in the last 40-50 years. You learn every day, and what you learn today will help you tomorrow and help you in the long career we hope to have."
Eaton promised to be more cautious around the outfield, just as he already has stopped sliding head-first into first base, which he had done earlier this season. Eaton and the White Sox plan to have a MRI on the problem area when they return to Chicago. Despite the trickiness of oblique injuries, he hopes to be back at the end of this DL stint.
"I want to be out with these guys. I want to try and produce as well as I can and stay healthy doing that," Eaton said. "Running into the wall is not healthy. Running into the wall is playing the game hard, playing the game the right way, but it was just an error in judgment on my part and it [stinks] that's how I got hurt or how I may have gotten hurt.
"We'll take the 15 days and we'll get back and stay healthy the rest of the year. I hope the White Sox don't think this is going to be a trend. It's definitely not going to be a trend. I'm going to get back, be healthy and stay healthy hopefully for a long career with the White Sox. Hopefully we can start that trend, staying healthy and playing a whole season as a healthy baseball player and being productive at the same time."
Ventura praises Piniella's work in Seattle
SEATTLE -- Robin Ventura played against the Mariners before Lou Piniella arrived as manager in 1993 and faced them after the fact. So he knows first-hand the difference made by Piniella.
"Absolutely. He had a good group of guys," said the White Sox manager of Piniella, who was inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame pregame Saturday. "He had some talent. He brought some of that and he was fortunate to have some of that, I think he had [Ken] Griffey and Randy [Johnson] and Edgar [Martinez] and [Jay] Buhner. And you get [Dan] Wilson. They had a good core group that was a tough group to play against."
Although the start of the game was delayed by the moving and entertaining ceremony honoring Piniella, Ventura was glad to be part of the honor.
"It's fun seeing him come out here," Ventura said. "You enjoy, like everybody else, the stories of him up here. It was just fun when you came up here and played because you just knew he was going to do something. He just competed. He appreciated other teams that competed and did the same thing. I'm glad we're here. This is fun."
Third to first
• Jose Quintana has received three runs or fewer of support in seven of his last eight starts and 18 times overall in 2014.
• Conor Gillaspie is batting .345 with 23 runs scored and 21 RBIs over 47 games on the road this season.
• Alexei Ramirez had a 10-game hitting streak snapped Friday.
• Avisail Garcia had an 0-for-3 showing Saturday night during his injury rehabilitation assignment for Triple-A Charlotte. But according to Jordan Danks, his Charlotte teammate, Garcia has been a terror for opposing pitchers.
"He's making a joke of the International League," said Danks, with a laugh.