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White Sox pitching coach optimistic about Jake Peavy

Dec 21, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

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Last month White Sox general manager Ken Williams revealed that he expects Jake Peavy to begin the season on the disabled list following shoulder surgery, but yesterday pitching coach Don Cooper shared a far more optimistic view of Peavy’s status with Scott Merkin of MLB.com.

Cooper, who along with trainer Herm Schneider watched Peavy throw earlier this month, said: “With my eyes, he looked free and easy and was going through what he was doing pretty damn well.”

Cooper also quoted Peavy as saying “I feel normal” about five months after suffering a detached latissimus dorsi muscle in his right shoulder.

“He did a heck of a job to be where he’s at,” Cooper told Merkin. “I really didn’t think he would be right there. I thought it would be slower, but he hopped right into it and has a chance to be ready. Regardless, the next step is to build up strength and break through mental barriers common with this sort of injury. One is to let it go more and more, picking up the intensity of throws, and constantly climbing.”

Chris Sale has been preparing to start in case Peavy isn’t ready to begin the season in the rotation, but Cooper indicated that regardless of Peavy’s status he’d prefer to keep Sale in the bullpen after he thrived there as a rookie.

  1. Ari Collins - Dec 21, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    But is he in the best shape of his life?

    Also, in addition to the “best shape of his life” stories, you might want to track the “____ is experimenting with a new pitch” stories which inevitably go nowhere.

  2. Jeremiah Graves - Dec 21, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    Someone needs to explain to me why so many peeps want to take stud pitching prospects and keep ‘em locked away in the bullpen.

    I just don’t get it, the Yankees totally f’d with Chamberlain by changing his role a hundred and sixty times. They tried to do the same thing with Hughes. The Rangers are doing it with Feliz. I just don’t get the logic behind drafting a guy, building him up through the system and then turning him into a reliever in the bigs?!

    The bullpen should be for guys who have proven they don’t have the stuff to start…period.

  3. sosascork - Dec 21, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    Herm Schneider is one of the best trainers in Baseball!

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