DETROIT -- Even after Saturday's acquisition of Brett Myers from Houston, White Sox general manager Ken Williams and his staff continue to look for ways to improve the team as they get ready for the two-month final "push" to what they hope will be an American League Central title or at least a playoff berth.
One of the reasons Williams cited for a starting pitcher possibly not being high up on that list of needs is the return of Philip Humber, who allowed six runs and four homers over just three innings on Sunday during a 6-4 loss to the Tigers, and the return of Gavin Floyd, who will start on Monday against the Twins. John Danks' steady improvement from his left shoulder strain, despite being out of action for two months, was also mentioned by Williams as a reason for rotation optimism.
Danks seemed upbeat concerning the progress he has made, going through another throwing session at up to 120 feet on Sunday. But the left-hander also didn't sound as if he was ready to return any time in the near future.
"Let's not put the cart in front of the horse," said Danks, who last pitched at Wrigley Field on May 19. "We have a lot of progress to [go] still. We're definitely making strides in the right direction. We'll keep working at it and hopefully Kenny is right.
"We're doing everything we know to do. It's been a little longer process than we thought it would be, but we're trying to come back. We want to contribute this year. I'm doing everything I know to do."
No timetable for a return was set by Danks, not when he thought a return one month ago was possible. Danks wants to get on a mound as soon as possible, especially with the positive signs he's seen of late.
"I feel like I'm able to bounce back a little better after I have thrown a couple of days in a row," said Danks, who has a 3-4 record and 5.70 ERA over nine starts this season. "A few weeks ago, I'd have been too sore to do anything, really. I have been able to go out and do everything I've been asked so far.
"Hopefully, it keeps on progressing the way we hope and want [it] to. I'd like to get out there before the year is over."
Reed not concerned about role
DETROIT -- Addison Reed never campaigned for the closer's role when he wasn't pitching the ninth inning, but instead working in the seventh or eighth. So the rookie hurler with 15 saves in 18 opportunities wasn't worried about losing that job when the White Sox acquired Houston closer Brett Myers on Saturday.
"Not too much. I'm ready to pitch whenever they want me to pitch," Reed said. "Obviously, I'd like to have the ninth inning. If it changes, it's up to them. As long as I'm pitching, I'll be happy.
"He's been successful this year and throughout his career," added Reed of Myers. "Any time we can add that, it's huge for us and it will do nothing but help us out. He's a great pitcher and it will be fun."
Reed also is happy to have Jesse Crain back in the fold, as Crain brings his 2.38 ERA in 24 games off the disabled list after battling a right shoulder strain.
"He pitched very well before he got hurt," said Reed of Crain. "Hopefully, he finishes the year strong and keeps on throwing like he did."
Future trades don't worry Ventura
DETROIT -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura didn't really expect the move to acquire Brett Myers on Saturday until it was actually announced to him. So, with 10 days left until the non-waiver Trade Deadline, he's not banking on any other moves being pulled off by general manager Ken Williams, assistant general manager Rick Hahn and the White Sox front office.
"You can talk with Kenny and Rick, and they're feeling stuff out," Ventura said. "But I don't get to the point where I get excited hearing names, because some of them don't even come close. Until it happens, you can't expect it.
"If you look at what we've got, we've been going a lot with the young guys out of necessity. Guys have been hurt, but now you're starting to get them back -- and you have a guy like Brett who has that experience and composure going into any situation.
"He's done pretty much everything there is in the game as a pitcher. It's a comforting thing for us as we make decisions to call on him to do pretty much anything."
This latest move leaves the White Sox with Matt Thornton, Myers and Jesse Crain setting up rookie closer Addison Reed, and young hurlers Leyson Septimo, Hector Santiago and Nate Jones filling out the bullpen. Donnie Veal was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte following Sunday's 6-4 loss, despite the southpaw pitching a scoreless eighth and retiring all five hitters he faced since being called up, to make room for Gavin Floyd, who will come off the disabled list prior to Monday's start.
Ventura praises Hall of Famer Larkin
DETROIT -- Barry Larkin, who was inducted on Sunday into the National Baseball Hall of Fame along with Ron Santo, has known White Sox manager Robin Ventura for quite a few years. That extensive knowledge for Ventura gave him a first-hand view of that extraordinary play from Larkin that led up to this special day.
"He was one of the best players in the game for a long time," said Ventura of Larkin, who played his entire 19-year-career for the Reds. "The thing about Barry, you saw his teams with the Reds kind of modeled themselves after him. He got people to play better. For me, that's the most impressive part."
Santo, who passed away in December 2010, played 14 seasons for the Cubs and was long associated with the franchise as one of its highly popular broadcasters. He also played his final season in 1974 as part of the White Sox.
Third to first
The White Sox RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) junior and senior teams advanced to their respective regional championship games with victories in their semifinal matchups on Saturday. Both teams will play Milwaukee RBI in the regional title games.
Alex Rios ranks fourth in the American League with a .343 average since May 23. Joe Mauer, Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera are the only players ahead of him during that time.
Tyler Flowers picked up his third multi-hit game of the season in Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Tigers.
The White Sox fell to 19-16 against the AL Central and 4-8 against the Tigers.