Danks upbeat day after bullpen session

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The fact that John Danks had a little fun with the media concerning the state of his left shoulder after playing catch Friday showed just how well things are going for the hurler in his ongoing efforts to get back to the rotation.

After throwing an 11-minute bullpen session on Thursday, his first on the mound in front of the full White Sox brass since Aug. 6 arthroscopic surgery, the next day bounce-back process was just as important in the recovery. Danks delivered nothing but good news.

"I was able to get through an upper-body workout, so I guess that's a good sign," Danks said. "So far, so good.

"That was one of the biggest problems before surgery was the ability to bounce back. It's just another level, being able to bounce back and fit in again."

Danks throws his second bullpen on Sunday, on the day White Sox position players officially report. He's scheduled to make his Cactus League debut on March 4.

"I'll get a couple days in between and there's no need to rush it," Danks said. "I'm feeling good."