ARLINGTON -- One day after John Danks suggested to MLB.com that surgery was a possible option to correct his left shoulder strain, general manager Ken Williams referred to that idea as the "worst-case scenario."
"That was news to me when it was reported," Williams said. "It hadn't been discussed very lengthy. There's nothing in there that doctors can identify that actually warrants that. Could he possibly have surgery? Yeah. So can I."
Danks responded to questions from MLB.com about reaching a point in this ongoing rehab program where he might not be able to come back for 2012. At that point, the veteran southpaw wanted to make sure he was ready to contribute for 2013.
"No one wants to be cut on, but if what we are doing is not working, then you have to look at other options," said Danks of an injury that "hasn't gotten a ton better" in nine weeks. "There definitely comes a point where we definitely have to start thinking about next year. If we don't start making some drastic improvement, we might have to do something."
Williams remains optimistic Danks will return in 2012. The Francisco Liriano move shows the White Sox are more than prepared in case he doesn't.