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John Danks set to begin rehab assignment Thursday

John Danks

Chicago White Sox’s John Danks pitches against the San Francisco Giants in an exhibition spring training baseball game Monday, March 4, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)


John Danks has progressed enough in his recovery from August shoulder surgery that the White Sox left-hander is scheduled to make his first minor-league rehab start Thursday at Double-A.

Scott Merkin of reports that the White Sox don’t have a set plan yet for how many rehab starts Danks will be asked to make. Danks told Merkin that he expects it to be at least 2-3 starts, but Gavin Floyd’s injury could hasten the timetable a bit if things go well early on.

Danks signed a five-year, $65 million contract extension in December of 2011, but was limited to just nine ineffective starts last season before being shut down.