John Danks doesn’t want any special treatment, and pitching coach Don Cooper insists the left-hander won’t be treated much differently than the rest of the White Sox starting pitchers.

Cooper said Tuesday he plans to not use any of the team’s five projected starters until the second week of exhibition games. The team opens exhibition play on Feb. 23, but a projected starter won’t appear until Chris Sale pitches March 1 in Goodyear, Ariz. against the Cleveland Indians. Jose Quintana is scheduled to pitch March 2 followed by Jake Peavy, Danks and Gavin Floyd, Cooper said.

The plan is simple: Cooper doesn’t want to wear out his regulars in spring training. Because of the World Baseball Classic, teams have been allotted an extra week to prepare for the regular season. But Cooper doesn’t want his guys to throw the entire time.

“We want them to be ready but we don’t want them to be over-ready,” Cooper said. “The goal is to the get them ready, but it’s also to keep them strong all year. I don’t need them to make eight starts and pitch 40 innings.”

Danks said he continues to make progress as he rehabs from Aug. 6 shoulder surgery. Thus far, Danks has hit every mark in a program that began at the end of last October. His current work has included use of his curveball. Danks threw a bullpen on Monday and will throw again on Thursday, Cooper said.

Danks believes he can be ready for the team’s April 1 opener but also realizes there’s plenty of days on the calendar in between.

“I anticipate being ready,” Danks said. “Obviously, a lot of time between now and then. I feel good about things. We’ll see how it goes. I’m ready. I’m healthy. I’m ready to be over it. That’s been a long process, but it’s been part of it. I’ve been through it to this point. It’s got a little bit further to go.”