CHICAGO -- John Danks has talked about his disdain for down time caused by a trip to the disabled list, which the durable southpaw experienced for the first time in his career last season due to a strained right oblique. But dealing with the unknown associated with his first shoulder injury, a Grade 1 strain of the subscapularis muscle to be exact, makes this current bout of inactivity even more trying.
"It's a process, I understand that," Danks said. "The hardest part for me is listening to my body and knowing exactly when stuff I feel is just soreness and being able to determine whether it's something I can throw through or back off.
"This is all new to me. So, that's kind of been the hardest part. That, and being impatient, wanting to get back out there."
Danks played catch on Sunday, as he continues his injury rehab program under the watchful eye of White Sox head athletic trainer Herm Schneider. If all goes well, Danks could return some time at the end of July or early August but he's not setting any sort of timetable.
"Obviously we are doing everything we can to expedite that," said Danks, who is 3-4 with a 5.70 ERA over nine starts this season. "But at the end of the day I have to listen to my body. Certainly that's definitely something that you are going to have to keep yourself from getting down, just because things aren't progressing quite like we'd like."