By Paul LaTour
Hes feeling better, but John Danks still isnt sure when hell return to the White Sox starting rotation.
Danks threw Friday for the first time since being put on the 15-day disabled list last Friday -- retroactive to May 20, with a left shoulder strain. Danks said he threw 20 pitches on the side Friday, all fastballs and changeups.
It felt good, so Im making progress, Danks said. I havent been told a schedule or anything, but Ill try to throw another side on Sunday. Hopefully Ill feel up to throwing in some curveballs and some cutters, and then go from there.
Its another positive step for sure. It feels better even than it did in Tampa, so thats a good thing.
Danks said he doesnt know if a rehabilitation start will be necessary before returning to the Sox. Right now the team has not announced a starter for Wednesdays home game against Toronto. If Danks is unable to go, Jose Quintana will likely get his third start.
Im not the person to ask, Danks said about his possible rehab assignment. Hopefully (the shoulder) feels good and we can avoid that. Ill do whatever they want me to do. If they want me to go down there and throw a game or two, so be it.
Manager Robin Ventura hadnt talked to Danks yet when he met with the media prior to Chicagos series opener against Seattle at U.S. Cellular Field. He said the Sox are going to play it by ear as far as what happens when Danks comes off the DL.
Well see how he feels (Saturday) after throwing today, Ventura said.
Danks is 3-4 with a 5.70 ERA and 30 strikeouts in nine starts this season.