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Danks likely to make rehab start

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher John Danks will likely make one rehab start in the minors before returning to the rotation, manager Robin Ventura said on Tuesday.

Danks went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 20 after feeling an abnormal soreness in the back of his left throwing shoulder following a start against the Chicago Cubs on May 19.

“I’m supposed to throw a long hard side on Wednesday,” Danks said prior to Tuesday’s game. “So I sat down with [pitching coach Don Cooper] and we kind of are making a schedule. But yeah, play catch [Tuesday] and get after it and take it up another step [Wednesday.]

“It’s been long enough now that I need to get out there and get in a game. I’d imagine I’d go on a rehab start. Hopefully everything goes well [Wednesday] and it will be soon after that. I got to wait for the official word.”

Danks said he was feeling better.

“Oh, by far,” Danks said. “I feel a lot better. So far, so good.”

Jose Quintana will replace Danks in the rotation for the third consecutive time on Wednesday. Quintana is 1-0 with 1.69 ERA in four games, including two starts, this season.

Danks has a 3-4 record with a 5.70 ERA this season. He had his best outing of the season in his last start, allowing three hits and no runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Cubs.

Danks received a five-year, $65 million contract extension in the offseason. He’ll make $8 million this season and jump to $14.25 from 2013-16.