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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Nothing has officially been announced, but Dylan Axelrod almost certainly will be the temporary replacement for John Danks as the fifth starter in the White Sox rotation.

According to Axelrod, he's not even sure about breaking camp with the team.

"They haven't told me anything," said Axelrod, after throwing 62 pitches in a Sunday morning intrasquad Minor League game. "I don't know what the official word is, so I'm going about my business."

Axelrod was scheduled to start in place of Danks on Sunday against the Royals, but he was moved to the Minor League side. He emphasized backdoor cutters and pitching inside, as well as up, getting his work done.

Ten big league starts exist on Axelrod's White Sox resume, including quality starts in Baltimore, New York and Boston last season. They've come in the spot-start variety, but Axelrod isn't worried about survival if he's called upon to take a regular turn throughout the month of April, beginning on April 6 at home vs. Seattle.

"Going through the Minor Leagues every fifth day, I got a lot of innings in and I feel durable and take care of myself," Axelrod said. "So it works to my advantage. I have a good routine, so If I get that opportunity, I think it will be beneficial for me going every five days."

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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