GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Statistics and results certainly won't be the focus when John Danks takes his rehab work to the Minor League side on Sunday. Danks, who all but certainly will start the 2013 season on the disabled list, is coming back from Aug. 6 arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder.
Manager Robin Ventura will be looking for a bump in velocity from the 86-88-mph range Danks has been in during Cactus League action, as well as the strength and the ball coming free and easy out of his hand.
"Part of it has been he hasn't got it up there to get that differential," said Ventura. "He's not fully back, that's what you get from watching him throw. He is capable of going out there but he's not back to what you'd expect him to be."
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