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White Sox’ John Danks throws fine in first session after surgery

White Sox pitcher John Danks throws Spring Training  while coach DCooper watches.

White Sox pitcher John Danks throws at Spring Training while coach Don Cooper watches.

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Updated: February 14, 2013 1:49PM



GLENDALE, Ariz. — It was only the first side session off the mound, and there is a long ways to go till April 1, but John Danks couldn’t have asked for better results.

The shoulder felt good, he threw his four pitches where he wanted and there’s life on the ball coming out of his hand.

“Real good, John Danks!” an equally pleased pitching coach Don Cooper said as Danks threw about 40 pitches Thursday morning.

“It felt real good,’’ Danks said shortly after finishing up and having the shoulder iced. “It’s encouraging to be able to go out there and throw all four pitches and feel good after. I don’t know exactly how many pitches I threw but I feel good about things. It’s obviously the first one but it’s good to get out there.’’

After signing a five-year, $65 million contract extension, Danks replaced Mark Buehrle as the Opening Day starter last season but he didn’t pitch after he beat the Cubs on May 19. Danks had arthroscopic surgery Aug. 6 to repair a capsular tear and minor debridement of the rotator cuff and biceps.

“I obviously felt like it was going be good. This isn’t the first bullpen I’ve thrown but this was as intense or more intense than any one that I have had so far. I’m pleased with how it went,’’ Danks said.



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