With Kosuke Fukudome placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to Thursday's game (retroactive to June 4) due to a strained right oblique, Jordan Danks' contract was purchased from Triple-A Charlotte. The player considered the best defensive outfielder in the organization joins his older brother, John, in their first regular-season stint together.
Jordan, 25, was selected in the seventh round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft and has worked tirelessly to help bring his skills with the bat near his high level of skills with the glove. John, 27, is in his sixth season as part of the White Sox rotation, and signed a five-year, $65 million extension in December.
Their parents will be arriving in Chicago on Friday to fill out this family portrait, and John hopes this stint for his brother lasts longer than an injury-replacement situation.
"Heck, yeah. Shoot -- this has been kind of a hope of ours for a long time now," said John of becoming the fourth pair of brothers to play for the White Sox, news he knew about even before Jordan was informed by Charlotte manager Joel Skinner on Wednesday. "Hopefully he plays well and makes it a tough decision on some people. He understands he's here due to injury. There's not much he can do other than go out there and try to help us win ballgames."
"It's so funny, because we've been doing the same interviews for the last three years," said Jordan, who appeared as a pinch-runner in Thursday's 4-3 White Sox victory over the Blue Jays. "We're always saying, 'Take one of the interviews we did three years ago.' But now it's kind of for real, so it feels good."
While John prepares to join Charlotte for what he hopes is a one-game Minor League injury rehab start on Tuesday in Columbus, Jordan earned his way to the Majors with a .302 average, 15 doubles, eight homers and 28 RBIs for the Knights this season. The improvement on offense has come through a combination of working on areas stressed by White Sox coaches and doing what feels comfortable and natural for him swing-wise.
As for those who believe Jordan gets big league opportunities because of his brother's standing on the team, John disagrees.
"I've heard it before," said John, who worked out with his brother during the offseason and saw his thorough preparation. "He's getting all these shots just because he's my brother and what not. Those are people who haven't seen him play. He can play. There's a reason why he's here."
"There are times you're hitting great and you're like, 'Oh wow, this is easy,'" Jordan said. "And then all of the sudden a light turns off and you're like, 'What happened?' Stuff runs through your head a lot, but I had no doubt this day would come eventually."