LOS ANGELES -- The soreness in John Danks' left shoulder didn't subside on Friday. The White Sox left-hander played catch instead of throwing a bullpen session, and when it was over, he and trainer Herm Schneider spoke on the phone with team doctor Gregory Nicholson. Danks will see Nicholson in Chicago on Monday.
"We're doing everything we know what to do to make it feel better but it's not getting there,'' Danks said. "We haven't gotten over that hump yet.''
The strength is where it needs to be in the shoulder, Danks said. The soreness is "enough to keep me from throwing,'' he said. "I've been sore before. It's just amplified.''
The Sox are in first place despite a rotation that has struggled after Chris Sale, Jake Peavy and Danks fill-in Jose Quintana. Danks, who signed a $65 million extension before the season, knows the Sox need him.
"It's tough. No one wants to be on the DL, especially when the team is playing well,'' he said. "No one wants to sit here and watch games. You want to help the team.''