ARLINGTON -- Coming home to Texas for this week's three-game series against the Rangers has been bittersweet for John Danks. Danks, an Austin, Texas, native, will start for the White Sox on Thursday, but he had visions of pitching for his home-state Rangers.

Danks, who was selected ninth by Texas in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, spent the past four years in the Rangers' Minor League system before he was traded to the White Sox in a five-player deal that sent Brandon McCarthy to the Rangers.

"I came up through the Minor Leagues expecting to be a Ranger, but baseball is a business," Danks said. "I understood why, and I wish them the best, and I wish Brandon [McCarthy] the best.

"I've been gaining valuable experience this season. I'm glad to be in Chicago."

Danks' first Major League season has "had some good and some bad." Danks started the season strong, but hasn't won a game since July 16. He is 6-12 with a 5.51 ERA in 24 starts this season. With September callups coming up, Danks' role the final month of the season is unclear.

"I'm the manager, and I don't even know who's going to be here," Ozzie Guillen said. "We're going to wait and see."

Whether or not Thursday's game will be Danks' last start of the season, he knows one thing -- he'll have a lot of support.

"Technically, I ran out [of tickets] for my family and friends," Danks said. "It's just fun seeing everyone, it's going to be a great three days."

Cintron put on restricted list: The White Sox placed utility infielder Alex Cintron on the restricted list Tuesday as his seven-day bereavement leave expired. He was placed on the bereavement list on Aug. 21 to attend to his mother in Puerto Rico, and has not rejoined the team.

"I want him to get here for good," Guillen said.

Cintron is expected to rejoin the White Sox when they open a three-game series at Cleveland on Friday.

Injury updates: Guillen said he'd like infielder Pablo Ozuna to return before the end of the season. Ozuna is on the 60-day disabled list with a broken leg.

Outfielder Scott Podsednik is nearing his return, but is still day-to-day with a strained rib cage.

"As soon as he's ready, he'll get some at-bats," Guillen said. "I'm not sure how many, though."

Quote of the day: "I would have liked to have pitched against them at some point this year. But whether they're in town or not, I'm still trying to get back to being healthy. But as far as trying to impress them, I'm not thinking about that." -- McCarthy, who is on the disabled list with a stress fracture in his right shoulder blade

Around the horn: The White Sox bullpen has allowed 23 earned runs in 18 2/3 innings (11.09 ERA) over the last six games. The previous 27 games, the bullpen posted a 2.46 ERA. ... Since the All-Star break, outfielder Jermaine Dye has an American League-leading 14 home runs and .654 slugging percentage. ... Class A Kannapolis infielder Chris Carter and right-hander Fautino De Los Santos were named to the South Atlantic League postseason All-Star team. De Los Santos was also named the SAL's Most Outstanding Prospect. De Los Santos went 9-4 with a 2.40 ERA and 121 strikeouts for Kannapolis in 21 games, including 15 starts before being promoted to Class A Winston-Salem. ... Carter is batting .287 with 24 home runs, 54 extra-base hits and 89 RBIs this season for the Intimidators.

Down on the farm: First baseman Casey Rogowski went 4-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs leading Triple-A Charlotte over Richmond, 10-7. Left-hander Carlos Vazquez pitched two scoreless innings for the win. ... Double-A first baseman Shawn Garrett went 1-for-3 with three RBIs as Birmingham lost to Mississippi, 6-5. ... Class A right-hander Derek Rodriguez allowed two runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings carrying Winston-Salem past Salem, 9-4. Micah Schnurstein went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs.

On deck: Right-hander Jon Garland pitches for the White Sox against right-hander Kameron Loe of the Rangers in the second game of the three-game series on Wednesday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. First pitch is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. CT.