CHICAGO -- Monday's 12-3 loss to the Cubs was tough enough for the White Sox to digest, but the postgame news on John Danks' health probably was tougher than the defeat.
Danks told the media that he had been diagnosed with a Grade 1 subscapularis muscle tear in his left shoulder, a conclusion reached after he underwent a pair of MRIs on Monday, including one where dye was injected into his left shoulder. The southpaw also was examined by team physician Dr. Gregory Nicholson.
After finding out the diagnosis, Danks said that he was assured by Dr. Nicholson surgery wouldn't be necessary.
"That was my first question because when you hear the word tear, it's kind of scary," Danks said. "I don't think it's anything super major. I went out and pitched last week and felt fine, stuff was great. It's just having trouble bouncing back and this is the reason. We'll stay on top of it and get back as soon as possible."
This latest problem for Danks arose two days following a four-inning Minor League injury rehab start for Triple-A Charlotte last Tuesday. Danks, who has been on the disabled list since May 25 (retroactive to May 20), felt soreness that was more than normal while playing catch on Thursday.
Prior to Monday's defeat, general manager Ken Williams said that he originally was "really worried" when Danks said he still wasn't quite right. But as Danks felt better, Williams viewed it as general soreness somewhat akin to what a pitcher experiences during Spring Training.
Now, Danks has no real plan for moving forward with a greater understanding of the malady.
"I don't know any schedule at this point or anything," said Danks, whose last big league start was on May 19 at Wrigley Field. "It's frustrating because it feels good one day and then it feels like [garbage] the next day. But at the same time, it's good to actually know what we're dealing with now.
"We had to do the MRI with the dye today to determine that. Just the regular pictures from my first MRI to today looked pretty darn close to the same. It's not anything worse. It's just going to take a little longer I think than we first anticipated."