It wasn't the best start for Jose Quintana on Friday, as the rookie left-hander allowed five runs on
eight hits in just five innings of work in the no-decision, but considering the body of work Quintana has
put in so far this season, no one was complaining in the eventual 9-8 win in Kansas City in 14 innings.
Considering the news on left-handed pitcher John Danks, Quintana won't be going anywhere for quite some
time, and might now be a permanent fixture in the Sox rotation for the remainder of this season.
It was the shoulder injury to Danks back in May that first brought Quintana up, and manager Robin
Ventura didn't paint the best picture on the news for Danks getting better anytime soon.
"Right now, the way I look at it, I hope he's coming back, but you have to prepare for the worst,"
Ventura said. "And keep going. I'm hoping I'm wrong."
Danks, the team's Opening Day starter who signed a five-year, $65 million extension last offseason, is
on the road trip, continuing the treatment he took through the All-Star break for his left shoulder. He was
mentally in a funk because of the injury before the break, and little has changed, with Danks insisting
he's "losing his mind."
Pitching coach Don Cooper raised some eyebrows over the break when he said that Danks wasn't "even on my
radar" because he had enough to worry about, and Danks addressed that attitude from his coach before the
game with the Royals.
"That's the first I've heard that, to be honest with you," Danks said. "But I can't fault him for that.
I'm not even going on a rehab assignment just yet. It doesn't bother me that he said that. That's where we
are at right now. We don't know. We all expected to be back well before today, so it is what it is. We are
doing everything we know to do to get back. It's just we are at the mercy of my shoulder like we've been
saying this whole time."
Danks (3-4, 5.70 ERA) hasn't pitched since facing the Cubs on May 19 at Wrigley Field. Quintana's
emergence in his absence has helped keep the team in first place in the American League Central, even with
the Indians and Tigers doing their best to keep it close.
"At least there's something to look forward to when you come to the ballpark every day," he said. "For
me personally, it has been a long, boring ... I'm losing my mind. I really am. I want to be out there. I
think you guys know that. I'm not enjoying this, but it is what it is. It's part of the game, and I have to
deal with it."
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