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Peavy to have telling start vs. Royals

All eyes will be on Jake Peavy's first start of the second half as the right-hander tries to rebound from some sub-par outings.

Peavy has allowed at least four runs in each of his last three starts, which all came after a dominating four-inning relief outing against the Washington Nationals on June 25. That appearance came three days after Peavy threw 104 pitches in a 5 1/3-inning victory against the Cubs.

The right-hander was pressed into service that day after John Danks had to leave early because of a mild strain to his right oblique, and he has since admitted the outing took a toll physically. Peavy had a fastball in the 94-95 mph range that day and hasn't been close to that since.

Danks will finally return to the rotation Wednesday.

Peavy last started July 10 against the Twins and was initially penciled in to start Sunday against the Detroit Tigers when the White Sox outlined their second-half rotation.

But with the former Cy Young Award winner still trying to work through something akin to a dead-arm period, he was pushed back to Tuesday.

The White Sox’s options are limited with Peavy. If he struggles again Tuesday he could go to the bullpen until he feels better physically, but even as a reliever he would still need an extended rest after each outing.

Another possible move the White Sox could make if Peavy continues to struggle would be to put him on the disabled list when Danks is activated on Wednesday. Hector Santiago remains the leading candidate to go down when Danks returns.

Peavy is finally past his one-year anniversary of the surgery to reattach his latissimus dorsi muscle behind his right shoulder and the original diagnosis had him returning to action right about now.

It’s possible that nine days between starts will be enough for Peavy to regain his strength. His outing against the Royals should be telling.