KANSAS CITY, Mo. — John Danks is ready for his storyline to revert back to pre-2011.
He’s ready for the questions about his health to disappear. He desires to once again become a horse for the Chicago White Sox.
Saturday’s his first chance.
Danks takes the mound when the White Sox face the Kansas City Royals at 1:10 p.m. today. Bruce Chen will start for the Royals as Danks pitches in a game for the first time since March 26.
The left-hander went 1-1 with 2.96 ERA this spring. Perhaps his most important stat, however, was the 24 1/3 innings he posted and the life his pitches have begun to exhibit now 20 months after his shoulder surgery.
“They said that two-year mark,” Danks said. “I’m somewhere around 20 months or so, and I’m right there. Hopefully surgery is a thing of the past and if I get off to a good start, we don’t have to talk about it anymore. It’s been a long road, but certainly excited about where I’m at right now.”
Danks isn’t averse to talking about his health. He understands how big of a question it is in part because of the three years and $42.75 million remaining on his contract. It’s just that Danks would like the focus to be back on what he can do as a healthy pitcher. He hopes to rediscover the game that led him to a 40-31 mark from 2008-10.
“I totally understand it, but at the same time, I’m looking forward to just talking about the game,” Danks said. “I think a good start or good first month might do that. It’s not my motivation by any means, but it would be good to get off to a good start.”