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Jake Peavy feeling “run down” a year after shoulder surgery

Sep 1, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

Jake Peavy

Jake Peavy bounced back from a six-run first inning yesterday to throw four scoreless frames, but his ERA ballooned to 5.17 and afterward he talked about feeling “run down” about 13 months removed from shoulder surgery.

Peavy, who has a 4.61 ERA in 232 innings since the White Sox acquired him from the Padres in mid-2009, explained his status to Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago:

I feel fine it’s just my right arm. It’s just not back to how it always has been. I can’t wait to get to the winter. I talked to the doctors this morning. I’ve been going as hard as I could possibly go since August of last year with rehab and starting a throwing program. I’m run down. I’m ready to finish these last few starts strong and when the offseason does roll around to regroup and have a normal one.

“I feel fine it’s just my right arm” is one of the more amusing quotes I’ve ever seen from a pitcher and the White Sox can’t feel very confident in Peavy’s ability to reclaim ace status. He hasn’t been dominant since early 2009 and even then his raw numbers were helped an awful lot by pitching half his games at pitcher-friendly Petco Park. For his career Peavy has a 2.74 ERA in 90 starts at Petco Park and a 3.93 ERA in 159 starts everywhere else.

Peavy is owed $17 million next season and Chicago holds a $22 million option or $4 million buyout for 2013.

  1. AK47 - Sep 1, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Peavy’s become quite a whiner since coming to Chicago and if you listen to the entirety of his post-game comments from yesterday, he basically made excuse after excuse about his performance essentially suggesting that he got “unlucky” on the balls that went over the fence. No matter that his pitches were getting demolished by would-be minor leaguers (most of the Twins lineup is composed of these types). More than one writer here in Chicago has mentioned that Peavy is not well received in the locker room and after comments like that, it’s not hard to see why.

  2. Gordon - Sep 1, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    What a bum. If he feels that way, he should just shut it down. He obviously doesn’t want to play any more this year.

  3. raysfan1 - Sep 1, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    Full healing takes 2 years. No matter what he says, what is next season will be what he is. Meanwhile, nobody really wants to hear a millionaire tells us how tired he is.

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