John Danks in Chicago for Opening Day, and then...

John Danks spent the first day of the season in the dugout with his teammates, but he and Rick Hahn detailed what's in the immediate future for the 2012 Opening Day starter as he tries to come back from shoulder surgery. It starts with a minor-league game in Arizona on Thursday. Beyond that...

Danks is struggling to regain his low 90 mph velocity that he possessed prior to surgery Aug. 6. But Hahn and Danks said there is no time table for his recovery and that he'll continue to stay in Arizona to pitch in extended spring games until he's gained enough strength and velocity to start a minor league rehab assignment.

"I’ve done all the MRIs and checkups I’m supposed to do, and nobody has said anything to me about an injury," Danks said. "It’s still working up from surgery. I’m not even seven months. I’ll be seven months (post-surgery) at the end of this week. We put a pretty generous or quick time table on it. I was disappointed I didn’t meet it. I truly thought I was going to be ready. We just ran out of time. We’ll be able to take our time the best we can, or they’ll try to make me take our time. I don’t anticipate it taking that much longer."

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