Danks sent to Double-A Birmingham

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox made it official, saying John Danks will begin his minor league rehab assignment Thursday at Double-A Birmingham.

The left-hander, who had shoulder surgery in August, hasn’t pitched in a major league game since last May.

Danks pitched in spring training but started the season on the disabled list because of low velocity. He has spent the past month at extended spring training, pitching every fifth or sixth day in controlled settings. His last outing in Arizona was on Friday, although he tabbed it as not the sharpest performance.

There is no timetable on Danks’ return to the White Sox, although he hopes that with Gavin Floyd's move to the disabled list Sunday that he could be on the fast track back to the club. Danks expects to make at least two starts in minor league games, although he did admit it could be more.