Originally written on MLB Injury News  |  Last updated 10/30/14
Although the Chicago White Sox are dealing with injuries to Gavin Floyd and Jake Peavy, the team got some good news yesterday regarding another pitcher.  John Danks, who is currently on a rehab assignment, is nearing a return to the White Sox roster.  Danks has been on the DL since the start of the season as he recovers from his shoulder surgery from last year. Scott Merkin of MLB.com says Danks took a major step forward Thursday night.  He made his first rehab start and will continue working on improving his velocity.  Danks pitched seven innings and allowed two runs on five hits.  Not a bad outing for his first performance since late last year.  Danks will have as many rehab starts as he needs to get himself back to being Major League ready, but he feels good. "I felt good about all my pitches, but especially my cutter, which is a great sign because that's been the one pitch I've struggled with to this point," Danks said via text after throwing 55 of his 86 pitches for strikes. "I haven't heard about my velocity, but it felt like the ball was coming out pretty good." Danks started nine games for the White Sox last season before being shut down.  He ultimately had to undergo surgery to repair a right capsule tear in his shoulder.  The injury, as expected, takes some time to come back from.  However, with Danks' progress so far, he should be available for most of the 2013 season. Last year, Danks was 3-4 with a 5.70 ERA in his nine starts.  In his six-year career (all with the White Sox), Danks is 57-60 with a 4.12 ERA.  He has had his ups and downs, but the White Sox like what he brings to the mound.  When healthy, the team thinks Danks can help contribute to the team's goal of competing in the American League Central. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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