Danks headed for at least one rehab start

Danks headed for at least one rehab start

Danks headed for at least one rehab start
CHICAGO -- The current plan in place for John Danks is to throw another all-out bullpen session on Wednesday and then embark on what most likely will be one Minor League rehab start to fully test his left-shoulder strain.

Danks threw all of his pitches and let it loose at full speed during a Sunday bullpen session and reported no ill-effects.

"Yeah, I felt fine, which is positive," said Danks, who was placed on the disabled list retroactive to May 20. "I feel a lot better. So far, so good."

Jose Quintana officially received the start in Danks' place on Wednesday against the Blue Jays, followed by Jake Peavy and then Gavin Floyd, Chris Sale on five days' rest and Philip Humber against the Astros. Depending on the time of his rehab assignment, Danks could slide back into the rotation next weekend in Los Angeles against the Dodgers or during the following home series facing the Cubs.

All of Danks' present focus, though, is on Wednesday's bullpen session.

"We don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves," Danks said. "I'm hoping tomorrow goes well and I'm hoping to get out sometime after that, and I'm at the mercy of them handing me the ball from that point. All I can do is try to keep working and get better.

"It's been long enough now that I need to get out there and get in a game. I'd imagine I'd go on a rehab start. Hopefully everything goes well tomorrow and it will be soon after that. I got to wait for the official word."