Danks anticipates an on-time start

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Sounding the most confident he has all winter, Chicago White Sox pitcher John Danks said Tuesday that he will be ready to take his first turn in the rotation in early April.

The left-hander, who missed most of last season and eventually underwent shoulder surgery, has been rehabbing the entire offseason, but no timetable has been placed on his return.

All the White Sox have said is that they hope he can get back to the roster when the season starts, but are prepared to give him a few extra weeks if necessary.

"I anticipate being ready," Danks said. "Obviously, there is a lot of time between now and then. I feel good about things. We'll see how it goes."

The reality, though, is that not even Danks can say when he will be back with 100 percent certainty until he starts throwing to batters both in live batting practice and in spring games.

"I (am) able to throw and able to do what they have asked me so far," he said. "I'm where they told me to be at this point so hopefully that's good enough. We'll see."

Danks added breaking balls to his repertoire in the past few weeks and has reported no setbacks at any stage of his rehab.

"I got through everything and was able to throw everything they wanted me to, so we'll see," Danks said. "I guess I'm where they want me to be. They haven't seen me throw yet, but today we'll find out just how happy or unhappy they are with me."