Left-hander John Danks said Saturday he understands why the Sox are skipping his final start of the season and said he already has begun to map out an offseason plan so he can continue his progress from left shoulder surgery in August 2012.

"It isn't fun stinking trust me" he said.

The Sox decided it was time for Danks to rest after he recorded his fourth consecutive loss Wednesday to bring his record to 4-14 and his ERA to 4.75. He said he felt fine but wondered if fatigue was a reason he couldn't "consistently keep the ball down and make it do what I wanted."

Danks said he finds it hard to call this season successful with his record but he does draw some satisfaction in knowing he was able to make all of his starts since returning May 24.

"Part of the problem was at times I was making myself throw 90 92 (mph)" Danks said. "Whereas when I was healthy it just came out and the ball had a little more life on it and I was able to keep the ball down a little more consistently. I know it's still in there. I'm able to do it. And with a full offseason and the right throwing programs I think we'll get back to where I was if not better."

He expects to take a couple of weeks off before beginning the offseason program he hopes will build strength.