Danks not feeling pressure of new contract

Danks not feeling pressure of new contract

Danks not feeling pressure of new contract
CHICAGO -- The first month of the 2012 season didn't exactly go as John Danks would have liked. Actually, it was nothing close to what the left-handed ace had envisioned.

Although he closed April with a 2-3 record, Danks' ERA sits at a rotation-worst 6.23 and he has given up a team-high 31 hits and 15 walks over 30 1/3 innings. But for those who think pressure from the five-year, $65 million deal Danks signed during in the offseason is weighing on his shoulders, the affable but driven hurler smiled and politely said Wednesday that theory couldn't be further from the truth.

"I haven't even thought about it. It never comes up. It's a non-issue," Danks said. "I obviously understand the questions and what not, but that hasn't been the issue one time."

When it was pointed out to Danks that the struggles could have happened even if he was earning $400,000 or $500,000 per season, he quickly brought up his 0-8 start to the 2011 season.

"I did it last year," Danks said. "It truly is a non-issue."

The real issue for Danks simply is to find greater consistency, starting with his trip to the mound in Thursday's series finale against the Indians. That consistency doesn't fall upon one pitch in particular.

"Everything is kind of coming and going," Danks said. "We've been working hard and doing the things we need to do. But I would like to start seeing some results."