Chicago White Sox pitcher John Danks has come out and boldly stated that when opening day rolls around in a little over a month, he will be in the team’s starting rotation. That isn’t necessarily too bold for a guy who was well planted in the starting five last season before arthroscopic surgery ended his season in August.
From just about the moment he knew he was out last season, he began claiming he would be ready for this season.
As of now, he hasn’t thrown in a game setting. Still, from the work he had put in and the way he feels, he says things are going really well, and he is still on pace to reach his prophesied goal. His pitching coach says he is right where they want him to be as far as his rehab goes. Robin Ventura, White Sox Manager, hasn’t said a whole lot about it, but seems pleased with Danks’ progress as well.
For now, without the emergence of any stunningly wonderful prospect that is ready-made for the big-time, Danks probably will be back in the rotation when he is healthy. Whether or not that winds up being around opening day remains to be seen. As he begins soon to get his work in game situations, a clearer picture will emerge of just how ready he is both with his stuff and his head.