"When I'd make a good pitch, they got hit, and certainly when I'd make a bad pitch they got hit," said Danks, whose Cactus League ERA sits at 16.36 after four starts. "It's one of those you're going to try and forget. It's been a while -- if ever -- since I've given up 10 runs in four innings. That's pretty hard to swallow."
The left-hander's day mercifully came to an end after he surrendered back-to-back homers in the bottom of the fourth. He surrendered three runs in the first and two more in the second. In a miserable fourth, he retired Reds pitcher Homer Bailey before giving up two singles, a walk and homers to Chris Heisey and Jay Bruce.
The only good news from the day was that Danks felt completely fine health-wise.
"I feel like physically I'm making strides," Danks said. "Obviously, the results haven't been there. On the day-to-day, physically I'm feeling better, and I'm getting there. I knew it was going to be a process. It's tough sometimes."
In terms of making the Opening Day roster, Danks acknowledged he's running out of time. The velocity isn't there yet, and neither is the length -- he threw 82 pitches and couldn't get out of the fourth inning.
From here on out, Danks says his mindset has to be simply getting ready rather than getting ready for a specific date.
"I don't have to get to where I can throw 120 pitches, but I do need to get to where I can get us through six innings," Danks said. "I can't be a guy out there that sets a burden on the bullpen every five days."
Manager Robin Ventura wouldn't rule Danks out of the running for a roster spot directly out of camp. Although the season begins April 1, a scheduling quirk prevents the White Sox from needing a fifth starter until April 13.
"He does [have enough time]," Ventura said. "It's one of those where you'll see [how Danks feels] tomorrow and then you go from there. The window is closing though. It is getting pretty tight."
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