Danks not yet concerned by lack of control

Danks not yet concerned by lack of control

Danks not yet concerned by lack of control
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Through two Cactus League starts and five overall innings, John Danks has issued seven walks, hit one opposing batter and thrown two wild pitches.

But after walking four during his three-inning stint Sunday against the Rockies, the projected Opening Day starter for the White Sox didn't seem bothered by early inability to harness his control.

"I know it will come. I feel good, and that's the most important thing," said Danks, who gave up one earned run on three hits, while striking out one in a 5-2 loss. "As spring goes on, we'll focus a lot more on results.

"Obviously, we're out there trying to do well. But at this point, we're just trying to get the pitch count up and stay healthy."

When asked to pinpoint one pitch that might be giving him more trouble than others, Danks mentioned his changeup. It's a pitch Danks throws frequently, so when the release point on the pitch comes under control, as manager Robin Ventura concurred, Danks believes the rest will follow.

One major plus from Danks' outing at Salt River Fields was inducing double-play grounders in each of his three innings, all started by shortstop Brent Lillibridge. Those double plays are a function of Danks staying down in the zone.

"Sometimes too far down," said Danks. "This year, it's keep the ball in the ballpark, and get some ground balls. I was able to get some in situations when I needed some.

"There are some positives in this one. I'm not beating myself up like I did last time. I feel good, made some good pitches and have to keep working. I'm just trying to be more consistent with everything."