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White Sox Danks continues to progress

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White Sox Danks continues to progress

How John Danks has recovered thus far has White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper feeling optimistic about the 2012 opening day starters future.

Danks has thrown off the mound three times a week since Jan. 2 and Cooper confirmed the left-hander has rebounded well. Danks is five months removed from surgery to repair a capsule tear and remove debris in the rotator cuff and biceps. Cooper said he and trainer Herm Schneider were set to speak Tuesday night to map out the rest of Danks schedule before the team arrives at spring training.

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White Sox pitchers and catchers report and the team holds its first workout on Feb. 12 in Glendale, Ariz.

Hes coming along well, Cooper said. Hes having normal ups and downs. Thats to be expected. Now hes having more ups than downs.

Schneider confirmed Danks has thrown 40 pitches per session since he began to throw off a mound. Danks, who had surgery on Aug. 6, has been ahead of schedule all along as he earlier began his long-toss program days ahead of the planned Nov. 1 start date.

After he was limited to nine starts in 2012 because of injury, Danks, who signed a five-year, 65-million contract extension in December 2011, wants to rebound. Danks went 3-4 with 5.70 ERA last season.

The White Sox have set no deadline for Danks return but are confident in their process, Cooper said.

You never know, but weve got a pretty good history, Cooper said. Weve got a great trainer. Things seem to be going well.

The White Sox would love if things continued to progress on the same path and they get some semblance of the pitcher who was not only dependable from 2008-10, but highly successful.

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Last season the White Sox were forced to mix and match starting pitchers down the stretch in the absence of Danks, who worked tirelessly to return but didnt pitch in the majors after May. Danks was 40-31 with a 3.61 ERA and averaged nearly 203 innings a season from 2008-10.

Though he cautioned theres work to be done, Cooper said hes positive about where Danks is with less than a month before spring training.

Im walking into it pretty optimistic John will be fine, Cooper said. But theres a process and were far from finished.

Prospects highlight White Sox spring training invitees

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Prospects highlight White Sox spring training invitees

Pitchers and catchers report in just over three weeks and the White Sox announced the list of spring training invitees on Monday.

The White Sox signed six players to minor-league contracts to get them to camp, but, as has been the case for the past year-plus with the White Sox, all eyes will be on the prospects.

Pitchers Michael Kopech, Alec Hansen, Dane Dunning and Dylan Cease and position players Luis Robert, Zack Collins and 2017 first-round pick Jake Burger are among the top prospects the White Sox invited to spring training. The team’s top prospect, Eloy Jimenez, is already on the 40-man roster so he was already set to be included. Jimenez, Kopech, Hansen, Robert and Dunning were just included on Baseball America's top 100 prospects.

Kopech and Collins were in spring training last year and Jimenez was in spring training with the Cubs in 2017 so it’s not an entirely new experience for them, but White Sox fans will be able to get a more extended and accessible look at Jimenez for the first time. Robert will likely have extra attention on him due to this being his first professional baseball in the U.S. Robert played in the Dominican Summer League after signing with the White Sox last summer.

The other non-roster invitees are pitchers Chris Beck, Tyler Danish, Jordan Stephens, Connor Walsh, Brian Clark and Jordan Guerrero and position players Alfredo Gonzalez, Seby Zavala and Jacob May.

The players signed on minor-league contracts are Rob Scahill, Chris Volstad, Michael Ynoa, T.J. House, Patrick Leonard and Matt Skole. Volstad and Ynoa both pitched with the White Sox in 2017, but have since been removed from the 40-man roster. Scahill is a Chicagoland product who graduated from Willowbrook High School and pitched at Bradley in college.

Meet the Prospects: Jameson Fisher

Meet the Prospects: Jameson Fisher

The White Sox rebuild is in full swing. While it might still be a year or two before the big league team is expected to start competing for championships, the minor leagues are stocked with highly touted talent fans will be eagerly following in 2018. With that in mind, it's time to Meet the Prospects and get to know the future of the South Side.

Jameson Fisher

Fisher, the 24-year-old outfielder, was a fourth-round pick of the White Sox in the 2016 draft.

A Louisiana native, Fisher slashed .342/.436/.487 in 50 rookie-ball games after being drafted in 2016.

Last year, Fisher split time between Class A Kannapolis and Class A Winston-Salem, playing 124 combined games. On the season, he slashed .245/.342/.402 with 30 doubles, 10 home runs, six triples and 68 RBIs to go along with 58 walks and 114 strikeouts.

As of their most recent rankings, MLB Pipeline had Fisher rated as the No. 25 prospect in the White Sox organization.

Get to know Fisher in the video above.