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White Sox | John Danks' velocity returning

Chicago White Sox SP John Danks felt free and easy during his outing Thursday, March 6, in which he allowed one hit while striking out two and walking two in three scoreless innings. He used all four of his pitches and touched 90-91 mph on the radar gun "without humping it up there." Danks is feeling much like his old self this spring after having shoulder surgery in 2012.

He said the biggest difference in camp this year is that he has command of his cut fastball. "It's just strengthening, being able to get my arm where it needs to be and have enough behind (the cutter) to spin it right and make it move," Danks said. "Last year, I had trouble spinning it, and it was backing up on me and getting hit. This year, I'm able to drive the ball where I want, and that was proved by being able to throw it to both sides of the plate with the sharp break on it."

Fantasy Tip: Poor velocity after returning from shoulder surgery last year likely was the main culprit for his weak numbers. If the increased velocity is here to stay, Danks could easily return to form. Nobody is really clamoring to draft him as an end-gamer, though, but he might be a nice steal off the waiver wire early in the season.

2014-03-07 09:52:38 | Source: Chicago Sun-Times - Daryl Van Schouwen

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