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John Danks Hopes To Be Back By Spring, But Won't Rush Rehab

John Danks underwent shoulder surgery two weeks ago, and while his rehab is about to ramp up, the left-hander isn't putting too much pressure on himself to be back in action by spring training.

"I'm not putting a whole lot of weight into the dates," Danks said, according to "It's certainly a good goal, and it's my goal to be ready by spring, but things can happen. The goal is spring training but I don't want to do anything to set us back any further by pushing it."

The good news for Danks and the White Sox is that while doctors repaired a capsule tear and removed debris in his rotator cuff and biceps, Danks' labrum did not require surgery. A damaged labrum would have meant an even longer recovery time and the possibility Danks would never be the same pitcher, something general manager Kenny Williams isn't worried about now.

"There's been no indication that he won't be able to come back and be the same guy he was before the surgery," Williams said. "He's happy that it was something less severe than it potentially could have been and we're happy."

Danks started nine games for the White Sox this season before going on the disabled list. He went 3-4 with a 5.70 ERA.

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