Danks eager to contribute to winning ballclub

Danks eager to contribute to winning ballclub

CHICAGO -- White Sox left-hander John Danks has been doing a great deal of pool work during his ongoing rehab for a left shoulder strain. The southpaw believes the pool work could be "a baby step" into throwing.

Danks has not pitched since beating the Cubs at Wrigley Field on May 19, so he's certainly ready to get back on the mound and shift that road to recovery into another gear.

"Hopefully, the sooner the better," Danks said. "I don't know exactly what the plan is, but as soon as I'm ready to do something, we're going to do it. I'm tired of where we're at, so we want to do it as soon as possible."

The pain in Danks' shoulder only is felt when he's throwing, so he believes the injury is improving. Being on the sideline for the last two months of the club's run to top of the American League Central has been more painful for the veteran than the shoulder itself.

"You are here, you are rooting guys on. You are trying to be as helpful as you can," Danks said. "There's still a part of you that doesn't really feel like you are part of it.

"These guys are playing well and it's fun to watch, but I'm nothing more than a cheerleader, I guess. It's not being able to be part of something that looks fun. It's a good thing going on here. So as soon as it's up for it, we are going to push it. We just aren't quite there yet."