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June 26, 2011

John Danks down (DL), Hector Santiago up [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 26, 2011 8:30 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

Danks will be making the first trip to the disabled list in his nine-year professional career. Left-handed reliever Hector Santiagohad his contract purchased from Double-A Birmingham to replace Danks.Santiago, 23, has split the season between Class A Winston-Salem and Birmingham, going a combined 6-5 with a 4.08 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 14 starts during his first season as a starter. The 6-foot, 210-pounder was 2-3 with a 3.68 ERA in eight starts with Winston-Salem and 4-2 with a 4.58 ERA in six outings with the Barons.

Santiago learned of his promotion on Sunday morning, when Birmingham manager Bobby Magallanes asked if the southpaw could work out of the bullpen. When Santiago said he could, Magallanes said he would be doing it for the White Sox. The young man arrived at U.S. Cellular in the sixth inning and already was warming up in the bullpen by the eighth. …

Santiago was a reliever until this year. He added a screwball this year.

UPDATE: Josh Phegley, Santiago’s catcher in Birmingham, talks about Santiago’s screwball:

“I haven’t quite figured it out yet,” Barons catcher Josh Phegley told the Birmingham News. “It’s a pretty interesting pitch.

“I’ve heard hitters ask me what it is. It’s like a right-handed curveball from a left-hander. The 95-96 (mph fastball) from the left side is going to be hard enough.”

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