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Thursday, April 4, 2013
Danks solid in Arizona rehab start

By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO -- Injured Chicago White Sox starter John Danks continued on his road to recovery Thursday with an outing at extended spring training in Arizona.

Facing a lineup of minor leaguers, Danks threw 77 pitches over five innings allowing just one run.

There was no report on velocity, though, which is probably the biggest signifier as to whether the left-hander is getting his strength back after shoulder surgery last summer.

Danks is expected to return to Chicago this weekend to continue his rehabilitation before going back to Arizona for another outing next week. Saturday will mark the seven-month anniversary since his surgery.

"It's different; it's a learning process," Danks said Monday when he was on hand for Opening Day festivities. "Rather than (throwing) 93 (mph), I was going out there with 85. That's a big difference. There's some learning that will come along with it. I'll get back to where I was. That's what I'm still banking on. I don't have any doubts I will. It will take some time. More time than we thought or hoped. In the grand scheme of things, I'll be back to where I need to be and help win some games."

There remains no timetable on his return, but if the White Sox want him to make a couple of rehab starts at Triple-A Charlotte or Double-A Birmingham, his return might not happen until the start of May at the earliest.