One day after his first pitching performance in 10 months, John Danks was happy just to be “sore in all the right places” because it meant he was back to being a contributing member of the clubhouse instead of an injured outsider.

“I’m part of the team now,” he said, almost triumphantly. “I’m definitely glad to be back. I’m not 100 percent back, but no one is 100 percent quite yet. I’m on track. I’m where I need to be at this point.”

Danks participated in the normal throwing drills one day after throwing 35 pitches and allowing one home run against the Giants, his first trip to the mound since shoulder surgery.

“I knew I was going to be sore,” Danks said. “I feel like I’m sore like Jake (Peavy), Chris (Sale) or Gavin (Floyd), not-recovering-from-surgery guy. It’s still a work in progress, but … I don’t anticipate there being any issues there. It’s a big step.”

As an added bonus, Danks even took batting practice in the cage Tuesday morning in anticipation of a Saturday start against the National League Diamondbacks.

“And Washington should be my second start of the season,” Danks said with a smile.

The last one: Set back a short time with soreness in his left triceps, Matt Thornton became the last member of the Sox staff officially to enter a game.

Thornton pitched one inning Tuesday against Team USA and walked a batter and threw a wild pitch while getting three flyouts.

“I wasn’t really worried about the results at all,” he said. “I wanted to go out and throw some changeups, throw some breaking balls, throw my fastballs to both sides of the plate and I did that.

“I fell behind a couple times and threw more balls than I wanted to but the first time … still to this day I get nerves throwing in spring training. I feel great so that’s all I really care about right now. It felt outstanding.”

Konerko to WBC? Team USA lost Mark Teixeira to injury Tuesday and Paul Konerko is being mentioned as a possible first base replacement.

Konerko was gone from the clubhouse by the time the news broke, but manager Robin Ventura said Team USA manager Joe Torre mentioned Konerko’s name as a possibility.

“It’s about getting ready (for the season),” Ventura said. “If he’s ready to play, it’s his decision. He has been around long enough to know if it’s going to help or hurt him be ready for the season.”