CHICAGO -- One day after his first major league start in more than a year, John Danks said he felt better than expected.
The left-hander said his surgically repaired shoulder held up well.
“I was able to get through the workout [Saturday] and do everything,” Danks said. “I don’t feel as stiff as expected. So far, so good.”
Danks’ velocity still isn’t where it once was, and he has been told there is a possibility that it might never be the same. But if he can compete the way he did Friday night, he won’t have any complaints.
“Doctors have told me that it won’t be until probably a year out of surgery before I feel right again, not that I don’t feel good now, but back to normal,” said Danks, who was operated on in August of last year. “I kind of knew that going in. I’ll kind of try to fight my way through this year and go out with what I have each night and give us a chance to win. Hopefully next year and beyond I’ll be back to where I was before surgery.”
Danks got it done Friday night mostly with a fastball and changeup but has continued to refine his curveball, although it is nowhere near the point that it is an out pitch.
His next outing is scheduled for Wednesday at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs.
“You know, obviously my stuff was probably better when I was healthy before, but I didn’t feel like there was too much of a drop-off [Friday],” Danks said. “I feel like I was able to make the ball do what I wanted, and the biggest key for me is throwing where I’m trying to throw it. Limit my mistakes and try to stay around the strike zone best I can.”