PHILADELPHIA -- There were times during John Danks' injury plagued 2012 season and then his 2013 comeback from season-ending arthroscopic shoulder surgery last August where he wasn't sure if the White Sox would still be interested in him, let alone other teams.
But as the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches and the White Sox move closer to elimination than playoff contention, the left-handed starter remains one of the handful of players drawing interest from other teams. Danks, 28, has enhanced that interest with four straight quality starts, working 27 2/3 innings during that stretch, and walking eight in total all year over 62 2/3 innings.
The good news concerning Danks is that pitchers tend to hit their full stride somewhere around 18 months after surgery, and Danks already looks strong on the mound. He also is under contract for the next three years in his five-year, $65 million deal.
As the All-Star break approaches, though, Danks sounds like many of his teammates. He's disappointed in the team results, but doesn't want to leave Chicago.
"Yeah, this is where I want to win a World Series. I want to play my whole career here," Danks said. "This is where I'm comfortable. I know the people and it's fun. This is where I want to be. But it's part of the game and if something happens, something happens."
To be honest, Danks is more worried about getting better for the White Sox than what team might want to acquire his talents.
"Yeah, I don't follow it too much," Danks said. "But like I said, that wasn't my concern to be attractive to any other team. I'm trying to get back and be effective for the White Sox.
"It's been a long road and you work so hard just to get back. You try to be effective, but you really don't know what you are going to have until you get out there and do it. If there's any interest, I don't want to say that's shocking, but surprising that it's so soon teams are interested in me other than the White Sox."
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.