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Minor-league stint might be ahead for Danks

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Chicago White Sox pitcher John Danks will talk with manager Robin Ventura on Wednesday to determine the long-range and short-term plans for his rehab from shoulder surgery.

Danks is aware that a stint in the minor leagues will be his most likely assignment to begin the season.

"It is not about me," Danks said. "This is a team game and obviously we are here to win ballgames no matter who is doing it. I would like to be there, but I will certainly understand if they want me to wait a little bit and someone else is throwing better a little bit in April."

The White Sox have changed the pitching schedules of Dylan Axelrod and Hector Santiago in order to set them up for the possible fifth start of the season on April 6. Ventura said on Tuesday that he wants a rotation of five starters to begin the season, even with two off days in the first eight days of the new campaign.

Danks was shelled for 10 runs in 3 1/3 innings on Tuesday against the Cincinnati Reds. He has allowed 21 runs in 10 innings this spring. The 27-year-old Danks topped out at 87 mph, down from his normal 92 mph fastball.

Pitching coach Don Cooper is pleased with Danks' health and work ethic.

"We knew that there would be some ups and downs and obviously he is having that right now," Cooper said. "Listen man, there is much good news. One, he is participating. Two, he is climbing and I see improvement. We have three starts (in the spring) for that to continue to improve. (Tuesday's) start did not work out so we continue to get him ready for the next one."