As first spring pitching outings go, it was good.
As first spring outings after surgery go, it was very good.
After throwing 35 pitches and allowing one home run and no walks, White Sox left-hander John Danks was able to proclaim Monday a “positive day.”
And White Sox brass and manager Robin Ventura were able to breathe a sigh of relief after the first indication that their $65 million man might be able to start the season on time.
But while Danks passed his first real test since surgery Aug. 6, no one is ready to proclaim victory until they see how the shoulder responds to its first competition since May.
“I feel good right now,” he said. “The test will be (Tuesday) and the next day. So far so good.”
And it was positively good, with his fastball reaching 89 mph and his control so good that more than three-fourths of his pitches went for strikes.
“(Control) was my biggest concern,” he said, “just (because of) being a little geeked, getting out in a game the first time. I was very happy with my control, the fact that I was able to throw strikes and make them put the ball in play.
“I kind of lucked out a little bit, for the most part they were swinging. But in the deeper counts, I was able to stay aggressive and make them hit my pitch.”
Danks allowed a first-inning home run to Joaquin Arias and then a leadoff single in the third inning before reaching his pitch limit. Four of his six outs in the 6-2 Sox victory came on ground balls and another on an infield popup.
“All good. It’s one of those that I’m glad it’s over,” Danks said. “I couldn’t have really asked for more. I don’t want to give up homers. My main focus was throwing strikes and I was able to do that.”
Danks, Sox happy with lefty's return to mound
Chicago Tribune | Mar 5