Danks progressing with oblique recovery

Danks progressing with oblique recovery

CHICAGO -- Having never experienced the injury before, White Sox starter John Danks had no idea what to expect after straining his right oblique on June 25.

Now just more than a week later, Danks said he is happy with how his recovery has progressed and -- after playing long toss over the weekend and taking Monday off -- plans to throw a bullpen side session "within the next couple of days."

"Honestly, it feels good," Danks said. "It's getting better every day. Certain baseball motions still kind of get me, but that's part of it. We're not that far into it yet."

Danks' current stint on the DL will last up until the All-Star break, but the left-hander doesn't necessarily plan on using those extra four days just to rest. Though the Triple-A All-Star break runs from July 11-13, Danks said his plan as of now is to get a rehab start out of the way during the break.

"In a perfect world, I'd do it over the break," Danks said. "Then I'd be ready to come back the first time through the rotation. It's all dependent on how I feel obviously, but that's the goal right now."