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White Sox's John Danks To Undergo Season-Ending Surgery

CHICAGO - JUNE 27: Starting pitcher John Danks #50 of the Chicago White Sox delivers the ball against the Chicago Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field on June 27, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - JUNE 27: Starting pitcher John Danks #50 of the Chicago White Sox delivers the ball against the Chicago Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field on June 27, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Chicago White Sox have announced left-handed starting pitcher John Danks will undergo season-ending exploratory left shoulder surgery on Monday with the hope he will be ready by next year's spring training.

Danks hasn't pitched in the majors since mid-May and most recently suffered a setback in a rehab start in June. However, the White Sox were prepared for this news and the team went out and brought southpaw Francisco Liriano to the team.

The 27-year-old Danks abruptly ends his 2012 season with a career-worst 5.70 ERA across a career-low 53 2/3 innings of work. Danks also held career-worst numbers in strikeout rate (5.0 K/9) and walk rate (3.9 BB/9.

During the off-season, John Danks signed a five-year, $65 million deal to remain with the White Sox long-term.