ST. LOUIS -- John Danks' return to the starting rotation may have hit a bump. The White Sox left-hander, two days after making a rehab start for AAA Charlotte, felt more soreness than he expected while playing catch Thursday.
Danks hopes to go forward with his scheduled side session on Friday with the team in Los Angeles and a make determination about his next step after that.
"Hopefully I feel well enough to throw a side tomorrow,'' Danks said. "That's the plan.''
Danks, who last pitched for the Sox against the Cubs on May 19 before going on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain, said he expected to experience spring-training type soreness as he works his arm back into game shape.
"But I obviously didn't expect to feel quite this sore,'' he said. "I've never had this so I didn't know what to expect. I was hoping to bounce back a little better than I have.
"Hopefully I will be well enough to throw a side tomorrow and go from there. Who knows. If I can't throw a side then who knows.''
Danks was hoping to pitch against the Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field on Monday, but that seems like something of a long shot now.
"I'm champing at the bit to get out there but if I cant give us a chance to win I'm not going to go out there because I can,'' he said. "I want to give us a chance to win. I'd be hurting myself and the team.''
Danks "amped it up and really pushed it the other day [in a four-inning outing for Charlotte in Columbus, Ohio], which is what I needed to do,'' he said. "I went out and played catch [Thursday] and it was sore.''
Manager Robin Ventura wasn't ruling out Danks returning against the Cubs.
"Not necessarily,'' he said. "You send him back out to get his feel after another one. I don't know if it does that. But you just watch it. I just want him to be as healthy as he possibly can be before he goes out there and that's the first thing.
"Everybody has that [normal buildup] soreness, but he's the one who knows whether it's that good one or it's the same thing creeping back up again. He won't pitch if it's one of those where he feels like he did before.''