John Danks no longer has a target date in mind, he only wants to pitch at full strength. Danks returned to the mound Sunday with the knowledge he’ll most like begin the regular season on the disabled list. Only seven-and-a-half months removed from shoulder surgery, the White Sox pitcher has progressed mostly as he hoped to at this point. He has without fail hit each and every mark the team has set for him, including pitching in all of his bullpens and starts without changing his schedule. But even though Danks is on schedule in a physical sense he still has room for progress when it comes to velocity. Fortunately for Danks, he’s no longer in a rush to be ready by April 6 and can worry about making sure he’s right before he has to worry about recording outs. “I just have to listen to my body at this point and gauge, see how it’s progressing and when I go throw see the progress I’ve made and see how much closer I need to get where I need to be,” Danks said. Danks allowed four home runs in a 66-pitch effort on Sunday against White Sox minor-leaguers. The left-hander’s velocity continues to hover in the mid 80-mph range, a few miles below where he has pitched for most of his career. For Danks to be effective he needs to have a bigger variance between his fastball and changeup. The team hopes if it allows Danks more time to build arm strength his velocity it will be reflected in his velocity.
White Sox Danks has 'a ways to go'
CSN Chicago | Mar 25