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Jake Peavy on track to return from the disabled list Wednesday

May 7, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

Chicago's Peavy throws against the Washington Nationals in Washington

The White Sox haven’t made a final decision, but pitching coach Don Cooper told Scott Merkin of MLB.com yesterday that Jake Peavy could be activated from the disabled list to start Wednesday against the Angels.

“We’ll have a sideline and see,” said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper of the plans for Peavy once he arrives. “Nothing is definite. We haven’t sat down and spoke about it. But it looks good for the 11th.”

Peavy threw 100 pitches while giving up five runs over seven innings Thursday in his latest minor league rehab start with Triple-A Charlotte. He hasn’t pitched in the majors since undergoing a unique procedure to repair a detached lat muscle near his right shoulder last July.

The interesting angle of his pending return is that Phil Humber has made a strong case to stay in the starting rotation. He gave up two runs on three hits over seven innings against the Mariners last night and now has a 2.65 ERA over six starts this season.

Following last night’s loss to the Mariners, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen told Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com that he’s lobbying for Humber to stay.

“He’s staying in the rotation; he has to stay,” Guillen said, moments after Humber gave up two runs over seven innings Friday against the Mariners. “I don’t think we are going to see anything different. When Jake comes in the rotation, we will talk to [GM] Kenny [Williams] and [pitching coach Don Cooper] to see what we are going to do. But this kid has earned and deserves to be in the rotation.”

It’s possible that the White Sox will go with a six-man rotation initially, but Humber will likely be bullpen-bound once his unsustainably low batting average on balls in play (.202) regresses to the mean.

  1. rsnorth - May 7, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    That would be a lat muscle in Peavy’s back; not last muscle.

    • D.J. Short - May 7, 2011 at 11:32 AM

      Indeed. Thanks.

    • purdueman - May 7, 2011 at 11:50 AM

      Is a last muscle anything like a last supper?

  2. purdueman - May 7, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    About the only bright spot this year for the White Sox has been their consistent and strong starting rotation. I loved the Humber pickup duiring the offseason and it’s proving to be a real steal.

    Here’s my take on what the Sox should do when Peavy’s ready to rejoin the rotation… everyone in the know says that the reason Kenny Williams acquired Edwin Jackson in the middle of last season was with the intent of flipping him to Washington for Adam Dunn (as rumors were rampant that Washington wanted to trade for Jackson), but of course that never came to pass.

    Jackson is a Bor-ass guy (the White Sox flat out won’t play Bor-ass’ childish, but obviously effective, negotiating head games), and is a walkaway free agent at the end of this season. True, the White Sox could offer Jackson arbitration (to get compensation in the draft), knowing that Bor-ass almost never has his clients accept it, but what if Jackson has a terrible September?

    Given the fact that the White Sox payroll is already at an all time high, would ownership be willing to gamble that Bor-ass won’t double cross them by accepting arbitration and then sticking the White Sox with a $10M bill and a player that then can’t immediately be traded (under the arbitration rules)?

    Bottom line? The White Sox should keep Humber in the rotation and trade Jackson to the team that offers them the best set of prospects in return. The only prospect who appears to be worth a damn on the Sox AAA roster is Viciedo and they really could use an infusion of one or two promising young players.

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