John Danks threw 61 pitches in four innings of work Tuesday in a minor league rehab start in Columbus, allowing four hits and three runs with one strikeout and one walk.
Last week, manager Robin Ventura thought Danks may need more than one rehab start to get back up to full strength before returning to the majors. Danks previously threw a two-inning session simulating game action on June 6 and threw a side session June 9, both of which took place in Chicago.
Danks made two rehab starts last season in July, throwing three innings in his first outing and six in his second. Given that he only threw four innings on Tuesday, it seems likely he'll need one more start in the minors before he returns to the White Sox.
In his four innings Tuesday, Danks allowed four hits, three runs (one earned) with a walk and a strikeout apiece.
If Danks does need another rehab start, he would pitch either Sunday or Monday in Charlotte. That would put him on track to return to the majors against Milwaukee the weekend of June 23.
Another rehab start for Danks could afford Philip Humber another opportunity to keep his spot in the rotation. Ventura said after Humber's start Sunday the righty would get at least one more start -- Saturday against Los Angeles -- before the Sox evaluate his immediate future, either as a starter or reliever. If Danks makes that second start in the minors, Humber would likely pitch June 22 against Milwaukee, although an off day could allow the Sox to skip his turn -- or that of Jose Quintana -- in the rotation.