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Danks to make extended spring start Friday

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CHICAGO -- A Monday afternoon meeting with White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, manager Robin Ventura, pitching coach Don Cooper and head athletic trainer Herm Schneider didn't net John Danks the exact results he wanted.

Danks had talked Sunday about wanting to go out on a Minor League rehab assignment, as he continues his climb back from Aug. 6 arthroscopic shoulder surgery. But Monday's decision was for Danks to make at least one more start this Friday during extended spring camp in Arizona.

"It didn't get shot down. I just got to go out there and throw well again," Danks said. "It will put a little extra on me to get back. Hopefully it goes well.

"I want to get to where I can get big leaguers out consistently. We'll see. I'll go out there and throw Friday. If it goes well, we'll go from there."

The left-hander has felt better of late on the mound and with his work between starts, also seeing a slight uptick in velocity.

"I'm making progress in the right direction. I'm not worried about it," Danks said. "I figure I'll be back out on a rehab start. If not after this one, maybe after the next one. I'm not far."

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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