Danks to make rehab start No. 3

CHICAGO -- John Danks will make his third minor league rehab start on Sunday when he takes the mound for the Triple-A Charlotte Knights.

The Chicago White Sox are hoping to see a slight uptick in velocity for Danks, who has been in the high 80 mph range since he came back from shoulder surgery last summer.

Danks has already made rehab starts with Double-A Birmingham, as well as Charlotte, going a combined 12 innings while allowing four runs on nine hits with six walks and five strikeouts. He has given up two home runs.

The White Sox have set no timetable for Danks’ return, so a fourth rehab start isn’t out of the question. The only restriction the White Sox have is a 30-day limit for a pitcher’s minor league rehab assignment, and since Danks began his on May 2, they are in no danger of reaching that.

If Danks returns after two more outings, he could be back on the mound for the White Sox as early as May 22 in a home game against the Boston Red Sox, or be held back for the May 24-26 home series against the Miami Marlins.

Danks made just nine starts last season and last pitched in the major leagues on May 19 against the Chicago Cubs before his shoulder issues ended his season.