Danks frustrated by command issues but pleased with stuff, velocity
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org May 8, 2013 9:38PM
Updated: May 8, 2013 10:25PM
NEW YORK — John Danks was “frustrated” by command problems during his five-inning, 92-pitch (52 for strikes) outing Tuesday with Class AAA Charlotte but was pleased that the velocity on his fastball (88 to 91 mph) was more consistent from start to finish than in his first rehab start five days before. General manager Rick Hahn was in Columbus, Ohio, to watch Danks.
Danks is in a “fine-tuning” stage, pitching coach Don Cooper said, and will make one more start, probably two, before returning to the Sox, although there’s no planned date for his return.
“It could be imminent really, but he has a few more things to iron out,’’ Cooper said.
Danks walked five but was pleased with his stuff and velocity.
“The stuff was a little better, a lot more consistent,’’ he said. “I was able to make the ball do what I wanted it to do, even more consistent than the last time. I was able to make the cutter do what I wanted, and my changeup was good.’’
Paul Konerko returned to the lineup after a night off. He was batting .225 and was 5-for-26 with one RBI on the three-city road trip.
“I don’t think he’s in a groove; he’s fighting through at-bats,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. “That’s pretty much what you can do at this point. He’s fighting and working through it.
‘‘It’s not where he wants to be, but you can see glimpses of him coming out of it.’’
Konerko’s back was wrapped heavily before the game, which isn’t unusual for the 37-year-old. With the rash of recent injuries, though, it’s never a pretty sight.
“That’s just normal stuff,’’ Ventura said. “Preventative stuff more than anything. He hasn’t said anything about it, nor have I gotten news about it.”
Konerko went into the game batting .421 with two home runs and 12 RBI with runners in scoring position.
Gavin Floyd’s surgery in New York on Tuesday to repair the ulnar collateral ligament and flexor muscle in his right elbow “could not have gone better,” surgeon David Altchek said. Expected recovery time for the procedure, which was more involved than Tommy John surgery with an added repair of the flexor, is approximately 14 to 19 months.