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Day after throwing off mound, Danks feels OK

CHICAGO -- Southpaw John Danks reported no problems the day after he threw off the mound for the first time as he attempts to return from a left shoulder strain.

Danks threw 20 pitches off the mound Tuesday for the first time since being shelved in late May. He felt a bit sore and tight Wednesday, which was expected, but the left-hander is still optimistic with the recent steps he has been taking.

"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 and general manager Kenny Williams have expressed hopefulness the lefty can return by late August, while manager Robin Williams said Wednesday that Danks' return isn't necessarily on his radar.

"I would love for him to be back, but I can't even go down the road of worrying if I can count on him for this," Ventura said. "I want him to be healthy first before we do anything."

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CHI Full Game Coverage CAGO -- Southpaw John Danks reported no problems the day after he threw off the mound for the first time as he attempts to return from a left shoulder strain.

Danks threw 20 pitches off the mound Tuesday for the first time since being shelved in late May. He felt a bit sore and tight Wednesday, which was expected, but the left-hander is still optimistic with the recent steps he has been taking.

"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 and general manager Kenny Williams have expressed hopefulness the lefty can return by late August, while manager Robin Williams said Wednesday that Danks' return isn't necessarily on his radar.

"I would love for him to be back, but I can't even go down the road of worrying if I can count on him for this," Ventura said. "I want him to be healthy first before we do anything."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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