According to Jon Heyman, John Danks is scheduled to make his 2013 season debut for the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field this upcoming Friday. And in what looks to be the perfect time to bring him back, he will be making his first start since last season against the punchless Miami Marlins. All pitchers should be so fortunate.
It will have been one year and five days since he last toed the rubber against major league competition, as his last appearance was May 19, 2012 against the Chicago Cubs whom he managed to defeat despite having an injured pitching shoulder.
Is he going to be lights out right away? Probably not, so don't have the highest of hopes in the world. But he should round into form eventually and that could go a long way in determining just what kind of season the Sox will ultimately have this year. With Gordon Beckham expected to return around the same time, expect to see some fringe players being told some bad news.