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Peavy has sore rotator cuff, might miss start of season

Mar 20, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

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Troubling news here for the White Sox.

According to Mark D. Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, right-hander Jake Peavy has been diagnosed with rotator cuff tendinitis and might not be able to make his scheduled Cactus League start Thursday against the Cubs.

If he’s unable to make that outing, the White Sox will probably also scratch him from his first scheduled start of the regular season, April 6 in Kansas City.

Peavy was a bit behind the other Chicago pitchers when spring training began because he was still in recovery mode from July surgery to repair a detached latissimus dorsi muscle. He told reporters Sunday that his current rotator cuff issues have nothing to do with that procedure, but he also admitted that the discomfort has been with him since his March 6 debut.

Here’s a quote from Peavy gathered Sunday afternoon by Scott Merkin of MLB.com:

“I’m not going to sit here and say it’s a setback because we don’t know what it is yet,” said Peavy, “but certainly things have slowed down.”

If Peavy isn’t ready when camp breaks, look for 28-year-old Philip Humber to draw a few early season starts.

  1. luckywi - Mar 20, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Thers’s a great Kenny Williams move. How many starts hs Peavey actually made?

  2. tjg25 - Mar 20, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    Using this to bash on Kenny? Wow you must be a scrubs fan.

  3. jetersusedjersey - Mar 20, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    What a shocker.

  4. henryd3rd - Mar 21, 2011 at 5:09 AM

    Get a life! Who cares about those sorry Mets and Dolan’s Rangers. The only people who care about the Mets and the Rangers are characters like you who still support losers the Mets and Rangers and put hockey news in a baseball column.

  5. purdueman - Mar 21, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    White Sox management has made their position perfectly clear from the opening of camp, and that’s that they’d prefer to go slow and start the season with Peavy on the DL. He’s their highest paid player coming off of major surgery that’s never been performed on a starting pitcher before and you think that they want to risk losing him to a relapse or another injury in the typical cold, rainy April weather in the mid-west parks they open the season in? Think again if you do!

    The White Sox only need a 5th starter twice in April, and could go to a four man rotation in April due to so many off days if they wanted to, and right now they’re very happy with Phil Humber in the spot starter/long reliever role. There’s just no reason to push Peavy before he’s been given a full clean bill of health.

    EVERY pitcher in baseball is just one pitch away from a career threatening or career ending injury. Were it not for the National League being so stubborn and stupid about not adopting the DH rule, Peavy never would have hurt his ankle running the bases with the Padres and wouldn’t have changed his mechanics as a result that led to last seasons ending shoulder tear.

    No matter how the Peavy trade plays out the next several years, I’m just glad that he didn’t wind up across town with the Flubs. Peavy’s a real gamer and wouldn’t fit with the Flubs; Garza, Silva and Zambrano are much better suited for them!

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