Thursday June 21st, 2012

On the Comcast Chicago pregame show before Wednesday's intracity battle against the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said that left-hander John Danks could be back with the team by the third week of July, or about a month from now.

That would be quicker than indicated in many of Monday's reports on Danks' injury, a Grade 1 strain of his subscapularis muscle, which said that he might not begin a rehabilitaion assignment until that time.

In the meantime, the White Sox rotation will feature two youngsters (Chris Sale and rookie Jose Quintana), an injury-prone veteran (Jake Peavy) and two others who were candidates to be dropped from the rotation (Philip Humber and Gavin Floyd). Danks is 3-4 with a 5.70 ERA in nine starts this season, the first year of a five-year, $65 million extension he signed in December.

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