Danks ready to face live batters

Danks ready to face live batters

Danks ready to face live batters
CHICAGO -- John Danks is ready to face hitters.

The left-handed starter has been on the disabled list since May 25 (retroactive to May 20) with a left shoulder strain, but was pleased with a pregame bullpen session thrown on Sunday. He was pleased enough that Danks believes getting in a game is the next step, probably as part of a Minor League rehab assignment.

"I think that's the direction they're leaning," said Danks of making a Minor League start or two before returning to the White Sox. "I haven't been told anything official yet, but if I was a betting man, I'd imagine I'd get out somewhere next week and throw.

"Whether it be in a rehab start or get out on the mound, I don't know, but I'm ready to get out there and face some hitters. That's kind of the only time I can really gauge how I feel. Get some adrenaline going and have a hitter in there. I can start thinking about getting him out rather than how I'm feeling every second."

Danks threw everything on Sunday as he went "full bore" during the side session. He even sat down for five or six minutes to try to simulate a break between innings.

Although he has thrown off the mound just twice, Danks has played catch every day and admitted to being pretty sore on Saturday. But that soreness was expected, according to Danks, and the good news was that he felt strong enough to throw Sunday.

Next on the agenda is rebuilding his stamina to get back into the rotation.

"If I go on a rehab start next week, I doubt they'd throw me out there for 100 pitches," said Danks, who figures to be replaced in the rotation once again by Jose Quintana on Wednesday, although nothing is confirmed. "It would probably be a couple of outings before I came back here. I haven't been told anything official yet, but that's kind of the way I'd think it would go.

"Today we threw everything and tried to put some stuff behind it. Not just lobbing it in there. I'm making progress."