Gonzalez will start for Sox Monday vs. Jays; Danks pushed back
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Struggling John Danks will be the odd man out of the rotation when the White Sox begin a three-game series Monday night in Toronto as part of a seven-game road trip.
Danks, winless in three starts with a 6.23 ERA, won’t pitch until the Sox go to Baltimore on Thursday. The Sox will call up right-hander Miguel Gonzalez from Class AAA Charlotte to start Monday, moving back Chris Sale to Tuesday and Jose Quintana to Wednesday.
To make room for Gonzalez, the Sox optioned pitcher Erik Johnson to Charlotte after the game Sunday.
‘‘As of right now, all I know is I’m throwing in Baltimore,’’ Danks said. ‘‘I feel fine. I just have to throw better and be more consistent. I know that.’’
Catcher Alex Avila, who left the game Saturday after a slide into second to end the sixth inning, went on the disabled list Sunday with a strained right hamstring.
The Sox recalled catcher Kevan Smith, 27, from Charlotte.
‘‘It’s been a long time coming,’’ said Smith, who was drafted in 2011. ‘‘I see a lot of rehabbing guys in Charlotte, and I feel comfortable with them. I expect the same feeling here.’’
Dioner Navarro will get the bulk of the catching duty, but manager Robin Ventura said Smith will get work.
‘‘It’s a good opportunity for him,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘He’s been doing well down there [hitting .346 with two home runs and six RBI and throwing out five of 11 base-stealers].’’
Staying put — for now
Avisail Garcia was on the bench again, but Ventura said there are no plans to demote him to the minors.
‘‘Right now, no,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘We’re trying to give him time here. [Jerry] Sands is here [playing in place of Garcia], and we’re lucky. You can put him in there, and you feel confident that he’ll help you win a game until Avi can find that piece that’s missing.’’
Garcia has options, and Ventura said it isn’t necessarily a bad thing for a player to be sent down to work on skills.
‘‘But we think he can help us here,’’ he added.
Garcia is hitless in his last 15 at-bats and hitting .097 over his last nine games.
The Sox won the game Saturday in 11 innings but stranded 13 runners — including leaving the bases loaded in the fourth and sixth innings. They stranded six Sunday.
‘‘It’s like golf and leaving a birdie out there; you can’t get it back,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘You win the game, but you still think about it and the opportunity you missed.’’
The Sox are hitting .214 with the bases loaded and .252 with runners in scoring position.
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