By Mark Gonzales
6:56 PM CDT, March 21, 2013
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- John Danks was at peace Thursday with the White Sox's decision to send him to the minors to build strength in his surgically repaired left shoulder and start the season on the 15-day disabled list.
"With the way I've thrown so far, I get it," said Danks, who struck out four of 66 batters this spring. "It's a little disappointing. A part of me understands that I have some extra time to get ready, and that's what we'll do. We're going to keep working hard. We're going to stay on the five-day schedule and hopefully be active before too long."
Danks admitted he was at peace with the Sox's intentions, especially now that he no longer feels pushed to be ready by April 6.
"I'm just looking forward to being healthy," said Danks, whose velocity ranged in the 86-88 mph range. "I feel like we've been on the right track, we're still on the right track. We're getting stronger and better each time.
"Obviously, the results haven't been there, but there's different stuff that I've noticed from each start that's improving. I just have to stay the course."
Danks said he hasn't asked about his velocity but felt it had declined someone on Tuesday.
"It hasn't felt like before surgery yet, obviously, but it's improving," said Danks, who hopes to stay as long as possible with the Sox before they start the regular season.
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