CHICAGO -- John Danks met with the media on Monday for the first time since undergoing surgery on Aug. 6 to repair his left shoulder, and the White Sox lefty remains cautiously optimistic about a healthy return by Spring Training 2013.
"I'm not putting a whole lot of weight into the dates," said Danks, speaking with his left arm held in a large sling. "It's certainly a good goal, and it's my goal to be ready by spring, but things can happen. The goal is Spring Training, but I don't want to do anything to set us back any further by pushing it.
"It's still new to me. Everything I know is just what was told to me. Fortunately, at this point, it hasn't been as bad as I expected, but I haven't gotten into the full rehab process. I hear that's a little tougher."
Danks' arthroscopic surgery repaired a capsular tear and minor debridements of the rotator cuff and biceps, but it revealed a normal rotator cuff. The left-hander is unsure whether his rehab will take place in Dallas or Austin, but he is putting full trust in Dr. Anthony Romeo, who not only performed the surgery with Dr. Gregory Nicholson but also has gone through the same procedure himself recently.
"During the first couple of weeks, it has been pretty slow moving," Danks said. "We'll have a better idea once rehab truly gets started cranking, but I've heard Spring Training so that's my goal now until I hear otherwise and I'm going to do everything in my power to make that happen."