As the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline looms and John Danks continues to be discussed as the subject of trade rumors, the veteran southpaw is less worried about a potential deal that would send him somewhere else than he is his next start, which comes against the Twins at Target Field on Friday night.
"Yeah, nothing changes. It is what it is," Danks said of the rumors on Tuesday. "It's part of it. Something happens, we'll deal with it then."
Danks will also likely focus on putting his last start behind him.
The 29-year-old was again victimized by the Astros last Sunday, surrendering seven runs on 12 hits, including a pair of homers, over just 4 1/3 innings. The meltdown came after he had turned in three quality starts over his last four outings, posting a 2.73 ERA over that span.
"I dug us a hole," said Danks, who only threw 78 pitches in the loss. "These guys fought hard to get out of it, but it [stinks] to set a tone like that. For whatever reason, Houston has beat me up this year. It stinks to go out there with a chance to sweep and not pitch well."
The Twins will counter with right-hander Kevin Correia, who similarly comes off an unremarkable outing that saw him relinquish four runs over four innings against the surging Rays.
"They were more patient on certain pitches I was throwing that I thought they were gonna be more aggressive on," said Correia, who issued three walks in the game. "It kinda got me behind on the count. I think their approach just kind of threw me a little bit today."
His previous three starts were all quality affairs, however, and he'll look to get back on track against a White Sox team that's tagged him for five runs (three earned) over 12 innings this season.
Twins: Morales gets sent west
Minnesota turned a late free-agent signing into a prospect on Thursday as the club traded first baseman Kendrys Morales to the Mariners in exchange for right-hander Stephen Pryor.
Morales signed a one-year deal with the Twins in early June and hit .234/.259/.325 with 11 doubles over 39 games before returning to Seattle, where he hit .277 with 23 homers last season.
"I think he liked it here, but we've put ourselves in a position where this is going to happen," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We'll put him in the middle of a pennant race over there, which will be fun. And we'll get a big kid back here [Pryor] who can throw the baseball -- and one we've seen."
Pryor, a former fifth-round Draft pick of the Mariners, has posted a career 2.81 ERA as a reliever over the last three seasons.
White Sox: Putnam lands on DL
A shaky White Sox bullpen lost one of its better arms on Thursday when it was announced that reliever Zach Putnam was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to inflammation in his right shoulder. The club recalled Andre Rienzo from Triple-A Charlotte to assume Putnam's vacated spot in the bullpen.
Manager Robin Ventura said that right-hander Jake Petricka, who recorded the save in Thursday's win over the Twins, will see the bulk of the team's save opportunities in the immediate future. He also added that Putnam may not need all of the prescribed 15 days to return to health.
"You're trying to get him healthy and make sure when they go back out there, they're 100 percent or as close to 100 percent as they can be," Ventura said.
Putnam has three saves this season and has a 2.35 ERA through 33 appearances.
• The White Sox rotation has now turned in 12 quality starts over the last 18 games after Hector Noesi kept the trend going on Thursday night, tossing 7 2/3 innings of two-run baseball.
• Though the Twins were hopeful that right-hander Kyle Gibson would be able to rejoin the rotation on Saturday, he is no longer expected to pitch in that game as he continues to deal with back stiffness. Triple-A Rochester lefty Logan Darnell (5-5, 3.43 ERA for Rochester) is a potential option to fill in for Gibson.
Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.