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White Sox GM expects Jake Peavy to begin 2011 on the DL

Nov 17, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

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Jake Peavy has said that he hopes to be healthy by Opening Day following July shoulder surgery, but yesterday general manager Ken Williams noted that he may not begin throwing again until January and indicated that he expects the former Cy Young winner to begin 2011 on the disabled list:

I’m preparing in my mind that this will be something that we take very slow and we’re very careful with, so that we can make sure we get a solid, healthy season out of him and not have him less than full strength and less than all he can be. I’m not looking at April in my mind, but he may surprise me.

Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com quotes “a major-league source” who suggested that “it may be as late as June before Peavy is ready to return from an injury few baseball players have suffered,” which is a detached latissimus dorsi muscle under his right shoulder.

Peavy is under contract for $16 million in 2011 and $17 million in 2012, with a $22 million option or $4 million buyout for 2013, so Williams and the White Sox have every reason to take a long-term approach to his recovery.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 17, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    Should’ve kept Clayton Richard instead. Ken Williams gets props for rolling the dice like he does, but I thought this deal was a poor one.

    Though not as poor as letting Daniel Hudson go for Edwin Jackson. Edwin’s been good, but Hudson’s got more talent.

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