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Danks feels normal day after throwing, AJ back Friday

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Danks feels normal day after throwing, AJ back Friday

John Danks didn't know what to expect when he rolled out of bed this morning, a day after throwing 20 pitches in the White Sox bullpen. Those pitches represented a step forward for Danks, who hasn't pitched in the majors since May 19. But the biggest step forward came today, when Danks didn't feel anything out of the ordinary in his left shoulder.

"I kind of had an idea that I'd be sore, certainly that," Danks said Wednesday. "But I don't think it's quite as bad as it's been the last few times I've come off throwing. Hopefully this is sign of improvement and we can go from there."

Head trainer Herm Schneider told Danks his soreness was normal, which is positive for someone who's experienced abnormal soreness following the few steps forward it appeared he made in previous throwing sessions or rehab starts.

"The last couple days have been an improvement," Danks said. "It's definitely something I've needed, and hopefully we don't backtrack from there."

Danks isn't expected back for at least another month. A.J. Pierzynski, however, will be back in the White Sox lineup on Friday when the team opens a three-game series in Texas. The catcher missed Tuesday's game and isn't starting Wednesday due to a minor oblique strain.

"It's one of those, you never know how bad it's going to be," manager Robin Ventura said. "For him, he's a tough guy, he could probably play through it. But again, if he injures it worse, then he'll probably end up on the DL. It's better to be protective of it."

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join David Kaplan on the panel.

Ryan Pace’s offseason begins. Josh Sitton and Jerrell Freeman are gone, but what will he do with Kyle Fuller?

Plus, Rick Hahn joins Kap from Glendale, Ariz., to discuss the state of the White Sox rebuild, how tough it is to keep their best prospects in the minors and why Jose Abreu is so important for his young team?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

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White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

The White Sox three outfield prospects are creating a lot of buzz at spring training.

On this edition of the podcast, Micker Adolfo tells Chuck Garfien about a conversation they all had about one day becoming the starting outfield for the White Sox. Adolfo talks about his longtime friendship with Eloy Jimenez, his impressions of Luis Robert, Luis Basabe and the White Sox future.

But first, it's a conversation with MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez who has great insight on many of the White Sox players: Jimenez, Robert, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu. He tells an amazing story about why Jimenez decided to sign with the Cubs when he was a teenager, how much Abreu is revered in Cuba and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.