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Jake Peavy to make first of four rehab starts in minors tonight

Apr 8, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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Jake Peavy will begin his rehab assignment tonight at Double-A and pitching coach Don Cooper indicated that he’ll be asked to make three additional starts in the minors before potentially rejoining the White Sox’s rotation.

That would put Peavy on track to come off the disabled list around May 5, which is the start of a nine-game road trip. Before that can happen he’ll need to avoid a setback and build up his arm strength, as Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that Peavy is slated to throw about 75 pitches tonight.

Philip Humber, who replaced Peavy in the rotation, is set to make his first start tomorrow against the Rays after making two appearances as a reliever. Peavy hasn’t pitched since July of last season because of shoulder problems.

  1. purdueman - Apr 8, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    The White Sox time table for Peavy’s return was optimistically mid-June, and he’s still way ahead of schedule due to a lot of hard offseason diligent workouts. Thusfar (fingers crossed), he’s shown NO ill effects from his experimental major surgery last season on his detached lat; he just had (understandably), lacked arm strength and normal soreness due to an extended period of not being able to throw.

    The White Sox starting rotation though is very deep, and suspect as Phil Humber is, the Sox don’t need a 5th starter much between now and Peavy’s anticipated return, and have rubber armed long reliever Tony Pena available to bail out Humber should the need occur.

    Jake remains the “X-factor” though in the AL playoff race. If Jake makes it back to full strength, he’ll be a true #1 ace at the top of a starting rotation that would then have a very good Gavin Floyd at the back of it. As Jake goes, so go the White Sox World Series hopes this season.

    I still love the trade with the Padres though, regardless of how far back Jake makes it. True #1 starters are few and far between, so just (basically), giving up Clayton Richard to land Peavy (and of course assume his big remaining contract), is the kind of a gamble that you’d hope all big market teams would be willing to make.

    The White Sox traded away Richard and three prospects for Peavy. Two of those prospects have since been either released (and then quickly resigned by the White Sox), or traded (marginal reliever Russell who’s now at the back end of the Rays bullpen). The other is former White Sox #1 pick lefty hard throwing Adam Poreda (who’s now being converted by the Padres as a reliever at AAA), and Poreda remains plagued by wildness.

    Bottom line? It was a true “win-win” deal for both clubs. The Padres couldn’t afford to keep Peavy and got a serviceable #3 starter in return. I say “serviceable” because Clayton Richards stats are very mis-leading, because he gets two to three mulligans every start (thanks to the NL continuing to stubbornly refuse to adopt the DH rule, which to me is like thumbing your nose at the notion of indoor plumbing), and pitches half his games in cavernous Petco Park.

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