Originally Posted by blandman
Danks' injury is a pretty much "you're done" injury in baseball, as history has shown. It may not shake out that way, but unless another guy loses his throwing arm, he's automatically a better bet than Danks. I'm not trying to be overly pessimistic, but there aren't any success cases for Danks' surgery. Everyone else suffered continuous setbacks their entire (and short) careers.
I don't know, Johan Santana had some degree of success coming back from the same injury. Santana had other arm problems that later sidelined him, though.
We'll have to wait and see how Danks pitches this year. We have already seen Erik Johnson and Andre Rienzo at the big league level and both may be starting for the Sox this year. Makes me wonder how long before Chris Beck is starting in Chicago? Or Chris Bassitt for that matter.