CHICAGO – White Sox fans can let out a sigh of relief.
Third baseman Kevin Youkilis left Wednesday's game in the fourth inning after suffering a sprained left ankle but is expected to be ready for Friday's game in Texas.
"When I got the hit I was just watching the ball, and when I got to the bag I just turned my left foot," Youkilis said. "Just rolled right over with my foot on the bag.
"Play with that stuff all year. It was just a precaution."
Youkilis went 1 for 2 in the series finale against Minnesota, although he is stuck in a slump hitting .186 in the past 11 games.
Moving forward: For Ventura, it’s out of sight and out of mind with ailing pitcher John Danks.
Ventura wouldn’t speculate or provide a timetable for Danks’ potential late-August return to the rotation.
“Again, I would love for him to be back but I can't even go down the road of we're going to count on him for this,” Ventura said. “I want him to be healthy first.”
One day after throwing 20 pitches on a mound, Danks remains optimistic he won’t suffer any further setbacks.
“I feel how I expected to feel, little bit sore, a little tight,” Danks said. “But when I told [trainer Herm Schneider] that, he said it's a good thing. I'm just going take his word for it.
“I didn't know what to expect. I kind of had an idea that I'd be sore, certainly that. But I don't think quite as bad as it's been the last few times I've come off throwing. Hopefully this is sign of improvement and go from there.”
No DL for Pierzynski: Catcher A.J. Pierzynski was held out of the Sox's lineup for the second straight game, but Ventura does not expect him to land on the disabled list.
The Sox are keeping Pierzynski, who suffered a minor strained right oblique during Monday’s game, on the bench until at least Friday to ensure he does not worsen the injury. Pierzynski said he notices the strain only when hitting.
“It's one of those, you never know how bad it's going to be,” Ventura said. “For him, he's a tough guy, he could probably play through it. But again, if he injures it worse, then he'll probably end up on the DL. It's better to be protective of it.”