Danks confident he'll pitch again in 2012

Danks confident he'll pitch again in 2012

Danks confident he'll pitch again in 2012
KANSAS CITY -- John Danks did not throw over the All-Star break, but did receive treatment for his left shoulder strain during each of the four days. Danks has been able to work out with the team, but still has not been able to cut loose on the mound, leaving him ready to go crazy from the inactivity but not thinking about his season being done.

"Obviously, the further you go, the more likely that is," Danks said before Friday's game against the Royals. "But the way I look at it, we still have [76] games and I would like to get back and try to help us on the stretch run. Hopefully I can do that."

"We've had to think of everything," manager Robin Ventura said. "Right now, the way I look at it, I hope he's coming back, but you have to prepare for the worst. And keep going. I'm hoping I'm wrong."

During a Thursday morning interview on WSCR 670-AM, pitching coach Don Cooper said that Danks is not even on his radar because his shoulder still is not feeling good. Danks hadn't heard the commentary from Cooper, but understood the sentiment.

The down time is bothering the left-hander more than it's frustrating the team.

"I'm losing my mind," said Danks with a smile. "I guess us playing well: at least there's something to look forward to when you come to the ballpark every day.

"For me personally, it has been a long boring. ... I'm losing my mind. I really am. I want to be out there. I'm not enjoying this, but it is what it is. It's part of the game and I have to deal with it."