- Doug Padilla, Chicago White Sox beat reporter
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Peavy played catch Wednesday, the first time he has thrown a ball since going on the disabled list earlier this month with a non-displaced rib fracture. He said it’s realistic he could return shortly after the Al-Star break, which ends July 18, but that is less than two weeks before the non-waiver trade deadline.
“I’ll just tell you that I don’t want that to happen, that I want to pitch here in Chicago and I want games I pitch in to be meaningful and for us to get back in the thick of things,” Peavy said Wednesday. “Do I think that can happen? Absolutely. But we have to shore things up, take it day by day and win.
“It would be nice to win tonight and come out and win three of four against Cleveland (this weekend) and get things going in the right direction. It would make things a lot harder on the front office with what they want to do.”
With the White Sox continuing to struggle, speculation has centered around the White Sox selling off assets at the trade deadline for prospects and/or salary relief.
The White Sox have received calls from teams interested in seeing who they might be willing to deal, but general manager Rick Hahn and his staff haven’t committed to a rebuilding project just yet.
Peavy knows all about deadline deals, having arrived to the White Sox in one during the 2009 season.
“I certainly hope that isn’t the case,” Peavy said about this year’s White Sox team turning into a seller. “We need to play extremely well over these next few weeks for that probably to not be the case and we understand that as a team and the guys in the clubhouse understand that. We talk about that and understand the situation we’re in.
“I’m going to do all I can do to get healthy and my intentions of getting healthy are to pitch here in Chicago and help this team win. I do understand the possibility of being moved if I am healthy or I’m not healthy. And that’s something that I leave up to the hands of Rick Hahn and his staff and I will do all I’m asked really.”
CHICAGO -- Jake Peavy says he has no intention of being traded from the Chicago White Sox, but in order to help his cause he’s going to have to get back on the field first.