(WSCR) In John Danks’ first game since May on Monday, the left-hander tossed two-plus innings, throwing 35 pitches, giving up one run and two hits.

For White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper, things are looking up for Danks, who missed most of the 2012 season with a shoulder injury.

“To make a long story short with John Danks, things are pointed in the right direction as we speak,” Cooper said on White Sox Live on 670 The Score. “We’ve got to continue on that course. First time out, (he) couldn’t have done better after not being in a game in a long time. Right now, he’s being judged on how he’s feeling and how he’s progressing. Everything is pointing in a good direction with John.”

Even though the outlook is positive early, Cooper said the team will proceed with caution with the 27-year-old Danks.

“We’re careful with everyone, but let’s face it, John’s got an asterisks next to his name,” Cooper said. “He had a surgical procedure done. Not unlike last year (when we) stayed on top of Chris Sale. … It’s going to be exactly the same with John Danks.”

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