Injury recoveries bring about crucial roster decisions

Injury recoveries bring about crucial roster decisions
Hey, remember this guy? // Scott Strazzante, Chicago Tribune

Due to forces mostly beyond their control, the White Sox will have to ponder messing with a good thing in the coming days.

John Danks and Brent Morel weren't exactly elite contributors when they both got hurt, but they were starters and they're on the recovery trail.

Danks

Danks is a simple case.  If he's healthy, he'll start.  He's not entirely healthy though.

John Danks threw curveballs and cutters on the side for first time. Said he'll probably do 1-2 rehab starts before coming off DL

— Scot Gregor (@scotgregor) June 3, 2012

That tweet is in the wake of his bullpen session on Sunday, and since Danks was being discussed about starting Wednesday up and until that session, the "2" in that sentence is likely just insurance in case he feels tightness in his shoulder in the first rehab outing.

Jose Quintana has three solid major league outings to his name now, but Toronto's lineup is not nearly as dependent on lefty power as Cleveland and Tampa Bay, Dylan Axelrod would not be uncalled for on Wednesday.

Morel

Now that Orlando Hudson is hitting .159/.260/.250 in a White Sox uniform, and spent a weekend looking like an aging 2nd basemen trying his best to make a hasty position change work, the possible return of a healthy Brent Morel is more intriguing.

Morel's played five rehab games in AAA Charlotte now, and is hitting .412/.444/.471 with a double and two strikeouts in 18 plate appearances.  He could probably make the argument he's healthy off of that line, even if it's not conclusive.

Little used and very green Eduardo Escobar registers as the clear demotion candidate if Hudson is to return to the utility role, so naturally Eduardo started Sunday, reached base four times, and even filled-in in left field.

Kosuke Fukudome started on Sunday for the first time in a blue moon, and swiftly strained a muscle in his side, prompting Escobar's visit to the outfield.  If he were more seriously hurt, it might stall this decision a couple more weeks without harm, since Fukudome legitimately never plays, but initial estimates on the radio broadcast projected a day-to-day timeline.  Kosuke's $3 million salary is staying on the major league roster.

The off day is a perfectly reasonable time to get this all figured out, but with the way Morel hit this year, and how well the Sox have played with Hudson, foot-dragging is understandable.

 

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