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White Sox To Cut Danks; Cubs Place OF Szczur on DL

>>White Sox Cut John Danks


The AL-leading Chicago White Sox plan to cut John Danks on Thursday, ending the left-hander's 10-year run with the team.

Danks has never been the same since he had shoulder surgery in 2012. He dropped his first four starts this season, prompting the White Sox to make a move.


Erik Johnson will be promoted on Thursday to pitch against the Red Sox, but Chicago general manager Rick Hahn says the fifth starter role is "going to be a bit of a fluid situation." He mentioned Miguel Gonzalez and Jacob Turner as two other possibilities, and played it coy when asked about Tim Lincecum's upcoming showcase in Arizona.


The White Sox are responsible for the remaining portion of Danks' $14.25 million salary this year, a little more than $11.9 million. If Danks signs a major league contract with another club, the amount owed by the White Sox would be reduced by a prorated share of $507,500 minimum.


>>Cubs Place OF Szczur on DL


The Chicago Cubs have placed outfielder Matt Szczur on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring and brought up OF Ryan Kalish from Triple-A Iowa.


Szczur injured the hamstring during a rundown between third and home in the fifth inning Monday night.


Kalish hit .368 in 70 plate appearances at Triple-A. The Cubs also transferred INF Christian Villanueva to the 60-day DL.


Jason Heyward was given a second straight day off while nursing a sore right wrist.

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