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Saturday, April 20, 2013
John Danks making slow progress

By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO -- While reports on injured pitcher John Danks continue to be positive, the left-hander remains at extended spring training in Arizona.

Danks was scheduled for another outing Saturday and is expected to be in Chicago to meet with team personnel Sunday.

His velocity has been slowly on the rise after shoulder surgery last summer but clearly not where the White Sox would like it. He still figures to make multiple starts at Double-A or Triple-A before coming back to the White Sox, which would mean he won't return until May at the earliest.

“The reports have been good. He’s been feeling good in between, and he’s been able to do his side [sessions],” Hahn said. “He’s been able to do all his exercises, and he continues to progress.”

Dylan Axelrod has pitched well in two of his three outings after assuming a rotation spot for Danks. He gave up one run in his season debut April 6 against Seattle and gave up two runs in six innings Tuesday at Toronto. In his other outing, April 11 at Cleveland, he gave up six runs in just 3⅔ innings.