Danks eager to get back to big leagues

Danks eager to get back to big leagues

DETROIT -- John Danks didn't particularly enjoy his first stint on the disabled list, brought about by a strained right oblique muscle. But he'll be returning to the mound on Wednesday in Kansas City with a feeling of confidence after two solid injury rehab starts for Triple-A Charlotte.

The southpaw felt so good on the mound on Friday night that he added 15 pitches in the bullpen after throwing six scoreless innings against Louisville.

"I went at it like a regular game. I didn't have anything to worry about," Danks said. "Just try to get outs and try to win a game. It felt like I had plenty in the tank. I'm looking forward to getting out on a big league mound and helping us out."

Danks also had the chance to play with his younger brother, Jordan, an outfielder for the Knights who made a couple of nice plays behind him on Friday.

"It was cool," said Danks of being on the same field with Jordan. "I knew how good he was out there, and everyone is talking about how good he was. You like it more when he's making plays behind you."