CHICAGO -- For the first four years of John Danks' career, he managed to avoid any sort of injury and reached at least 195 innings pitched in three of those seasons. The 27-year-old hasn't been so fortunate over the last two seasons, sidelined by a strained right oblique in 2011 and currently working his way back from a left shoulder strain.
Danks is scheduled to pitch four innings on Tuesday for Triple-A Charlotte during an afternoon contest in Columbus, and then hopes to rejoin the White Sox rotation next weekend in Los Angeles. He's also ready to avoid any sort of injury issues for the rest of the season, and, really, the remainder of his career.
"The disabled list [stinks]," said Danks with a laugh before going to throw on Sunday. "I don't ever want to be on the DL again. I said that last year.
"It feels like you are letting a lot of people down when you go on the DL. There's nothing I could have done different, I don't think. But the team shows some confidence in you, and I haven't pitched to my standards that I would like to pitch.
"I felt like I was finally turning that corner. I don't know, maybe it's a blessing in disguise," said Danks, who has a 5.70 ERA but threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Cubs in his last start on May 19 at Wrigley Field. "Maybe I needed the break, and I'll be strong for the rest of the year."