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NEW YORK-- Chicago White Sox starter Jake Peavy (back spasms) confirmed he will start Wednesday against the New York Mets. Peavy hasn't pitched since April 26, as the spasms caused him to be scratched from his last two scheduled starts on May 2 and May 6.
"I feel as good as I can feel at this point in time," Peavy said Tuesday. "Feel like I'm ready to go out there and give it a whirl."
Peavy threw a six-minute bullpen session Monday, and said he had a normal day on Tuesday, participating with the team during its stretches. This is the first time the veteran right-hander has dealt with back spasms and it's been an eye-opening experience. Peavy first felt his back flare up while warming up May 1, but he said Tuesday he's gradually gotten better.
"I've had my back go out because of leg differentials, and I always had my back worked on. But I never had any spasms to the point where my back spasmed up on that Wednesday night and really for about two days I was in bad shape," Peavy said. "You don't realize your back controls everything. Can't make a move without it, feeling it or feeling like you're injuring it even more. Hopefully won't have to worry about that anymore. "
White Sox manager Robin Ventura said he'll be keeping an eye on Peavy as he makes his first start in nearly two weeks. Peavy is 3-1 with a 3.88 ERA.
"I think you watch it a little bit to make sure. I don't want to see any weird body language or anything like that," Ventura said. "He was told he can't go out there if he's not feeling enough to give his all and if it's going to alter anything he shouldn't pitch. He's ready to go."
Moves coming: Lefty John Danks (shoulder) and outfielder Dayan Viciedo (oblique) begin their rehab assignments with Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday and are inching closer to returns, meaning the White Sox will have to make roster moves soon.
"You start looking at guys and how the pieces are going to come back together because it got blown up pretty quick," Ventura said. "You start mixing and matching with different guys that are hurt, when they might be coming back and with John throwing and being available pretty soon, hopefully, those are decisions that have to be made. Talking to Rick (Hahn), you start eyeballing. Somebody has to go for somebody to come in."
Addison bounces back: After Addison Reed blew his first save of the year Sunday, he bounced back to record the save Monday against Kansas City. Ventura said the team got lucky that Reed could get back at it so quickly.
"It's never easy when a guy blows a save but he doesn't suffer from any self confidence issues, so that's part of him being able to get back out there is he's confident he's going to go out and he had a great inning," Ventura said. "It was one day and every pitcher has that one day, but when you're a closer, it'll cost you the game."
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