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Danks 'sore in all the right places'

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Call it a sense of relief. Call it peace of mind. Or simply call it the now expected news.

John Danks reported no unusual pain or soreness Tuesday morning after throwing two-plus innings against the Giants on Monday and playing catch the next day. It was Danks' first game action since Aug. 6 arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder.

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"I feel good," said Danks, sitting in front of his locker. "I'm sore obviously, but sore in all the right places. I feel like I'm sore like Jake [Peavy], Chris [Sale] or Gavin [Floyd] is, not recovering surgery guy.

"So, it's good. I've already talked to [White Sox head athletic trainer] Herm [Schneider] this morning and was able to do all my shoulder weight lifting and everything. Things are looking up."

Danks will throw Saturday against the D-backs at Talking Stick and figures to work in more offspeed pitches along with increasing his pitch count. He understands that Monday's outing was just two innings and that he's not where he needs to be.

But the southpaw remains firmly on track to break camp with the team.

"I'm part of the team now. It almost does feel that way for no other reason than you just get in your own head," Danks said. "You're by yourself a lot and in a sling.

"You do a lot of thinking and a lot of times you're hurting yourself more than you're helping yourself with those thoughts. I'm definitely glad to be back. I'm not 100 percent back, but no one is 100 percent quite yet. I'm where I need to be at this point."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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