Left-hander John Danks has essentially been doing more harm than hurt to the White Sox since the All-Star break, but the veteran will have to overcome his second-half blues if Chicago is to earn a split in its series against the Mariners on Sunday.
Danks has seen his ERA rise from 3.99 to 4.93 in his last four starts, and he leads the American League with 23 homers allowed.
He had perhaps his worst outing of 2014 on Tuesday, as the Rangers bludgeoned him for nine earned runs off eight hits (four homers) and five walks in 4 2/3 innings on their way to a 16-0 rout.
"It's a shame to go out there and get your butt kicked on a night you feel so good," Danks said. "It doesn't happen every night when you feel great, and tonight I did. I felt real good about everything in the bullpen."
The White Sox will have to hope Danks can bounce back opposite Erasmo Ramirez, who has pitched well as a spot starter for Seattle since struggling as a full-time member of the rotation in April.
Ramirez is set to be recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday for his fifth stint with the Mariners. His last trip to the Majors lasted just one start, though he left a good impression by tying a career high with 10 strikeouts in seven innings of two-run ball against the Mets on July 22.
"He's got to be a guy that throws strikes," said Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon. "But his issue coming out of Spring Training wasn't so much strikes as it was when to throw balls. I think he's starting to get a grasp of that and starting to understand. Sometimes you have to pitch a little wider or a little lower. But his stuff is good enough to win at this level."
The 24-year-old will be seeking his second win and first since his first outing on April 1.
Ramirez is getting recalled for this spot start because the Mariners wanted to line up their rotation for their upcoming series against the Blue Jays, whom they're battling for the second AL Wild Card spot.
Felix Hernandez was originally scheduled to pitch Sunday but instead will throw Monday in the series opener against Toronto on five days' rest. By slotting Ramirez into Sunday, it also means Chris Young, who throws Tuesday, will be on five days' rest, while Hisashi Iwakuma will pitch Wednesday on normal four days' rest.
White Sox: Jordan Danks called up, Eaton to DL
When John Danks takes the mound on Sunday, his little brother Jordan will have one of the best views in the house -- directly behind him in center field.
Jordan Danks was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday to replace injured outfielder Adam Eaton, who went on the disabled list with a strained right oblique after taking an awkward swing Friday and crashing into an outfield post at U.S. Cellular Field on Wednesday.
"I want to be out with these guys. I want to try and produce as well as I can and stay healthy doing that," Eaton said. "Running into the wall is playing the game hard, playing the game the right way, but it was just an error in judgment on my part and it [stinks] that's how I got hurt or how I may have gotten hurt."
In his first stint with the White Sox this season, Danks went 4-for-41 with 20 strikeouts. But he seems to have figured some things out offensively in Charlotte, where he hit .276 with 16 homers and 56 RBIs in 88 games.
Mariners: Bloomquist hopes to return for Spring Training
Willie Bloomquist was back in the clubhouse Saturday, though he won't be on the field for quite some time. The utility infielder underwent microfracture knee surgery on Friday, effectively ending his season.
The 13-year Major League veteran does have another year on his contract at $3 million, though, and plans to be at 100 percent when Seattle reconvenes for Spring Training next year.
"My plan is to be full go before spring," Bloomquist said. "The only way I won't be is if I do something stupid, which I've maybe been known to do a time or two when I push through things I'm not supposed to. But in this situation, I do have a little extra time with the last two months of this season and all offseason. So given that, I fully anticipate being 100 percent before spring or at spring at the latest."
Bloomquist said he won't travel with the team but will be at all the remaining home games. His season ended with a .278 average in 47 games as he played every fielding position except center field and catcher.
• The Mariners optioned reliever Lucas Luetge after Saturday's game, opening a roster spot for Ramirez. A position player will likely be added when Ramirez is optioned back to Tacoma after his Sunday start, with outfielders James Jones and Michael Saunders as potential candidates to return.
• Despite two combined scoreless efforts on Friday and Saturday, Chicago's bullpen has a 12.94 ERA in August.
Will Laws is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.