That opportunity came about when the White Sox returned Kosuke Fukudome from his injury rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Friday, activated the outfielder from the 15-day disabled list and designated him for assignment. The move allows Fukudome, 35, who hit .171 and was on the disabled list since June 7 with a strained right oblique, to find an opportunity with more playing time for another team, a classy practice the White Sox consistently have followed for players who are buried on their roster.
Danks is considered the best defensive outfielder within the organization, with the ability to play all three positions and add some speed and a little pop off the bench. The 25-year-old simply has to adjust to a reserve role for the first time in his career.
"I've taken some advice from guys that have done it before," Danks said. "From the fifth inning on, make sure you are loose and ready to go. Before I get in the game make sure I have a sweat going. I know that if I just continue to put in the work and play the role the way it is supposed to be played, then I would say I have a pretty good shot at sticking around."