BOSTON -- John Danks had a wide smile on his face Monday afternoon after he successfully played catch from 90 feet.
The White Sox pitcher has been on the disabled list since May 20 with a left shoulder strain and hasnt attempted to hide his frustration with his lack of progress. But Danks finally saw positive signs before the teams series opener against the Boston Red Sox. Even though hes uncertain what it means for his immediate future, Danks is just happy to finally receive good news.
Im giddy right now and its still sore, Danks said. Just to go out there and throw and feel like we are making progress again, its definitely huge. I needed something positive to happen. It was getting kind of tough there for a little bit. I dont know how much longer we have. But for sure we are moving in the right direction.
Danks couldnt recall how long it had been since he had last played catch, but knew it was prior to the All-Star break. Though several MRIs have shown no structural damage to Danks left shoulder, his return has been halted several times even after long rest periods.
For now, Danks will only look at the short-term. He plans to play catch at 90 feet again on Tuesday and, after he takes Wednesday off, hopes to move to 120 feet on Thursday.
Im not ready to go and pitch tomorrow but you know, it was good, Danks said. It was sore in all the right places, which was good. I dont know, do it again tomorrow. But its definitely kind of a relief to be out there and throw and actually feel the improvement for sure. Its all based on how Im feeling. Definitely encouraged after today and tomorrow will tell us a lot.