Danks fully encouraged by bullpen session

Danks fully encouraged by bullpen session

CHICAGO -- The pure stuff shown by John Danks during Wednesday's 40-pitch bullpen session was good enough in the left-hander's estimation to retire opposing hitters.

"This was leaps and bounds from where we were just last time," said Danks, who threw a bullpen session on Sunday in testing his left shoulder strain that put him on the disabled list retroactive to May 20. "It felt good. I threw all four pitches pain-free for strikes, and I'm ready to go.

"I was throwing the ball where I was trying to throw it, and making it do what I wanted it to do. It has been a good day."

Next up for Danks will be a Minor League rehab start next week and if all goes well, he'll back in the White Sox rotation against the Dodgers in Los Angeles or against the Cubs at home. Danks threw all of his pitches on Wednesday, and they simulated a game warm-up with the specific tosses and long toss before hand, not to mention working from the stretch. But Danks needs to go against hitters before he returns fresh and ready for the final 3½ months.

"That's the silver lining we try to focus on," said Danks of the rest provided by the disabled list trip. "You don't go into the year hoping to miss time. But if we have to miss some time, I guess middle of the season would be the time to do it. Hopefully we can go pain-free and healthy the rest of the way."