Danks pleased with first mound session

Danks pleased with first mound session

Danks pleased with first mound session
CHICAGO -- John Danks took "a big step" in his recovery from a left shoulder strain Tuesday, throwing off the mound for the first time since being sidelined in May.

The White Sox left-hander, who has been on the disabled list retroactive to May 20, threw 20 pitches off the mound prior to Chicago's game against Minnesota. Danks also threw off flat ground from 130 feet and termed the day's events "a big step."

"[Getting] on a mound was something I hadn't done in quite a while. All in all, I'd say it was a good day," Danks said. "Am I ready to go pitch somewhere? No. This is a necessary step. And hopefully tomorrow it bounces back and that will tell us what we need to know."

White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper also was pleased with the day's results.

"He wasn't coming out of his shoes or anything like that but, again, for us to do what we did today, it's definitely a step," Cooper said.

On Monday, general manager Kenny Williams said he'd like to give Danks a "Spring Training-type regimen," as he hopes to get the lefty back in August. Danks agreed with the Spring Training comparison, admitting he felt like he was "starting from scratch."

Because of that, Danks couldn't give a solid timetable for a comeback, but would be happy with a late-August return.

"I hope late August, but this is uncharted territory for me. I've never dealt with a shoulder injury, so I can't give you a straight answer," Danks said. "But, certainly, that's the hope. Get back in time for the stretch run and hopefully be strong enough and help push us into the playoffs."