John Danks pitched in a game Monday for the first time since last May. AP PHOTO
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Left-hander John Danks was sore on Tuesday morning, sore in all the right places and like the other starting pitchers feel on the day after they pitch. Danks worked two-plus innings for the first time since last May on Monday against the San Francisco Giants.
"I knew I was going to be sore,'' Danks said. "I feel like I'm sore like Jake [Peavy], Chris [Sale] or Gavin [Floyd] , not recovering surgery guy. Things are doing well. It's still a work in progress, we know that but to be able to bounce back today, I'm going to play catch and go through all the drills. I don't anticipate there being any issues there. It's a big step.''
Danks will stay on schedule and throw a side session Wednesday and pitch against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
Danks said he slept great Monday night after allowing one run, on a homer by Joaquin Arias.
"Like a rock. I was tired, first of all. I did a lot of thinking about the game and stuff. It's exciting. It's the first time I'd had real adrenaline in almost a year.
"I'm part of the team now. It almost does feel that way for no other reason than you just get in your own head. You're by yourself a lot and in a sling. You do a lot of thinking and a lot of times you're hurting yourself more than you're helping yourself with those thoughts. I'm definitely glad to be back. I'm not 100 percent back, but no one is 100 percent quite yet. I'm on track. I'm where I need to be at this point.''
The Sox play Team USA in an exhibition at Camelback Ranch at 2:05 p.m. Chicago time. Gavin Floyd will start, with Matt Thornton pitching for the first time and Scott Snodgress, Hector Santiago, Nate Jones, Matt Lindstrom and Dylan Axelrod also scheduled.
The lineup: Wise RF, Ramirez SS, Keppinger 3B, Dunn 1B, Paul Konerko DH, Viciedo LF, Flowers C, Tekotte CF, Beckham 2B.