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NEW YORK -- Slowly but surely, the White Sox are getting closer to full strength.

John Danks (left shoulder) made his second Minor League rehab start Tuesday night in Columbus, Ohio, covering five innings and 92 pitches, striking out four, walking five and allowing two runs. Dayan Viciedo (left oblique strain) began his injury rehab assignment with Danks for Triple-A Charlotte, going 0-for-6 in the doubleheader, and Gordon Beckham (removal of fractured hamate bone in left hand) hopes to start his rehab next weekend.

Those improving regulars have caused manager Robin Ventura to begin thinking about possible roster changes in the near future.

"You have to. It's one of those [where] you start looking at guys and figure out how the pieces are going to come back together," Ventura said. "It gets blown up quick when you start mixing and matching different guys that are hurt when they start coming back and with John throwing and being available soon.

"Those are just decisions you have to make. In talking to [White Sox general manager] Rick [Hahn], just one of those you start eye-balling. Somebody has to go for somebody to come in."

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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