GLENDALE, Ariz. -- John Danks said he’s sore in all the right places on Tuesday.
One day after his first game in nine months, Danks, who threw 35 pitches in two-plus innings, said he feels the aches he expected but is good overall.
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The fact he woke up healthy and is able to play catch and participate in White Sox camp like any other player is yet another sign Danks’ shoulder surgery and rehab is going well.
“I knew I was going to be sore,” Danks said. “I feel like I’m sore like Jake (Peavy), Chris (Sale) or Gavin (Floyd) is, not recovering surgery guy. Things are going well. It’s still a work in progress. We know that, but to be able to bounce back today -- I’m going to play catch and go through all the drills -- I don’t anticipate there being any issues there. It’s a big step.”
The next step for Danks is a side session either Wednesday or Thursday and then a start at Talking Stick in Scottsdale on Saturday. Danks, who signed a $65 million extension in December 2011, said he has enjoys the idea he’s part of the club again.
Last season, Danks was limited to nine starts and one rehab appearance in the minors in June. Hard as he worked to rehab the injury, Danks couldn’t recover and required surgery in August, which he admits left him a lot of idle and unhealthy time to himself.
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“I’m part of the team now,” Danks said. “It almost does feel that way for no other reason than you just get in your own head. You’re by yourself a lot and in a sling. You do a lot of thinking and a lot of times you’re hurting yourself more than you’re helping yourself with those thoughts. I’m definitely glad to be back. I’m not 100 percent back, but no one is 100 percent quite yet. I’m on track. I’m where I need to be at this point.”