CHICAGO – Now that Jake Peavy won’t be able to get out of a rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte before he returns from the disabled list, he has one goal in mind.
“I'll try to have a good one and make the Triple-A all-star team,” Peavy said with a crooked grin.
Peavy has already started three times at Charlotte during his rehab before joining the major-league roster on May 11. He's back on the DL after suffering a right grion strain in Sunday's game against the Tigers.
Joking aside, it seems clear that the White Sox have moved from letting Peavy participate in making a recovery plan to setting their own conservative schedule. Peavy was pushing to avoid a rehab start, but the White Sox had other plans.
It is still not clear when Peavy will leave on is rehab assignment, but he hopes to be pitching again by the time he is scheduled to come off the 15-day DL.
The decision to require a rehab start isn’t some punishment or a sign the White Sox are upset with his progression from his detached latissimus dorsi last summer. On the contrary, they are impressed with how his determined rehab schedule brought back his arm strength two months ahead of schedule.
They would just rather take a more cautious route this time, especially since the season will be 2½ months complete by the time he gets back.
In fact, it was just this week that while saying he would have preferred to see Peavy shut it down at the first sign of his groin issue Sunday, general manager Kenny Williams complimented the right-hander's determined nature.
“You can’t acquire someone knowing that he’s got that bulldog attitude, and have that be one of the reasons you acquired him, and at the same time when it doesn’t work in your favor, be critical of him,” Williams said. “It’s kind of like dealing with Ozzie [Guillen] to a certain extent. You know what you’re getting, and you can’t be overly critical on one end when some of the aspects of a personality comes out when you’ve used that to your advantage more times than not.”
It does seem clear, though, that Peavy’s drive can potentially be a detriment at times, and the White Sox hope to avoid a bigger issue.
“The same things that can drive a person to the top of their professions, some of those characteristics can lead to your demise,” Williams said. “Jake is just a guy that has not learned how to manage that part of his personality that tells him to go, go, go when he should be saying, ‘Woah, wait a minute. This isn’t quite right. This could have a worse effect on me than if I stayed in and tried to gut it out.’”
Saying that he undergoes treatment on his strained right groin from 2 p.m. until e leaves the ballpark after the game, Peavy revealed that he will undergo another MRI on Monday to get a better idea of how his recovery is progressing.
“I'll do what it takes to be healthy but I told [trainer Hern Schneider]that I'm going to have bedsores by the time I get off this DL,” Peavy said about spending so much time on the trainer’s table. “Hopefully Monday goes well and then I get on my feet throw a bullpen. You just don't want to take too much time because your arm gets out of shape and you have to work on building your arm up. We'll see.”