Danks anxious over slow rehab pace

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- After throwing just two bullpen sessions in front of the Chicago White Sox coaching staff, John Danks is already itching to move forward in his rehab from last summer's shoulder surgery.

Danks had another 10-minute session Sunday, mixing in a few more breaking balls than he did in his first session Thursday.

For the White Sox, a nice and easy pace is what they feel is best for avoiding any setbacks. For Danks, his goal is to start the season on time and he has the natural instinct to push himself. He was asked if he’s getting a little antsy.

“Yeah, I’d be lying if I said no because this is all new to me,” Danks said. “I’ve been assured by (pitching coach Don Cooper), (trainer) Herm (Schneider) and doctors that they’re all happy where I’m at right now. So I take comfort in that. But certainly I want to push things a little bit.”

The White Sox have been prepared for that reaction from Danks and are intent on keeping things at their pace, which has Danks throwing to White Sox hitters from behind a screen on Wednesday.

In fact, his next three throwing sessions will be in live batting practice. He will then have a side session before making his Cactus League debut March 4.

“I think that’s a big sign that I was able to get out there and feel good again,” Danks said. “That makes me feel a lot better about things. We’ll see how it feels in a couple days. Let’s get a batter in there, it will be fun.”

For now, though, it’s all about being patient.

“That’s not one of my greatest attributes,” Danks said. “It’s been a little tough for me. It’s been a long road. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s getting there. Things are moving along nicely, from what I can tell.”