John Danks provided the White Sox with their best injury-related news of the week on Thursday night.
In his first minor-league rehab start this season, the left-hander needed only 86 pitches to complete seven innings and earn a victory. Danks allowed five hits and two earned runs while striking out one in a start for Double-A Birmingham, which topped Chattanooga 6-2.
Prior to Thursday, Danks, who had shoulder surgery last August, has been restricted to pitching at extended spring training.
The veteran’s fastball sat between 87-90 mph in the later innings and even touched 91 mph.
"I felt good about all my pitches, but especially my cutter, which is a great sign because that’s been the one pitch I’ve struggled with to this point,” Danks said. “I haven’t heard about my velocity but it felt like the ball was coming out pretty good.”