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Jake Peavy’s shoulder as good as its ever going to be

Feb 26, 2012, 8:06 PM EDT

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19 months after an experimental surgery, Jake Peavy is feeling good, but he’s still not completely sure about the health of his shoulder.

“I just don’t know. I just don’t know what to tell you,” Peavy told CSN Chicago’s Chuck Garfien. “I can tell you that I’m 19 months out of major surgery that nobody else has had, that nobody else has come back from. So there’s no gameplan. There’s no, ‘Hey look at this guy, and this is what he did after “x” months. The surgeons have just said once you’re 18 months, a year and a half out of surgery, you’re not going to get any better. About what you have is what you have.”

What he has probably won’t quite compare to his Cy Young form of old, but Peavy said “it feels  amazing.”

Peavy went 7-7 with a 4.92 ERA in 111 2/3 innings before sitting out the final three weeks of last season. He’s guaranteed $17 million in the final year of the three-year, $52 million extension he originally signed with the Padres before being traded to the White Sox. There’s also a $22 million option for 2013 (with a $4 million buyout), but it’s hard to imagine that getting picked up.

For more on Peavy’s shoulder and the tension that developed between him and Ozzie Guillen as last season went along, check out Garfien’s article.

  1. Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Feb 26, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Good news, MLB, I know a guy who is also as good as he’ll ever be. He throws a 70 mph fastball and a breaking ball with 1/2 in of movement. I…I mean, he, won’t ask much.

  2. captainwisdom8888 - Feb 26, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    baseball is funny. pitchers like peavy, johan, burnett can stink it up every year, get injured etc. yet they get paid 15-20 million and all that loot is guaranteed

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 27, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      That’s just the risk you take.

  3. gmsingh - Feb 27, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    Jake Peavy: the White Sox’ version of Carlos Zambrano.

    • ptfu - Feb 27, 2012 at 9:22 AM

      Huh? Did Peavy start fighting with his teammates, run out of the trainer’s room after a pitching change so he could brawl on the field, and abruptly “retire” in midseason? I think Big Z’s way ahead in the bat-to-the-water-jug department too.

      Peavy’s chronically/permanently hurt, not crazy angry like Big Z. If you want to compare Peavy to an ex-Cub pitcher, try Mark Prior.

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