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Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Peavy likely won't pitch until after break

By Chuck Pleiness
Special to

DETROIT -- Jake Peavy feels he can throw on Sunday, and he wants to throw.

However, it appears that the Chicago White Sox pitcher will have to wait until after the All-Star break to get his first rehab start.

“That’s probably not going to happen,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Tuesday prior to Chicago’s series opener with the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. “You have the extra time, the extra four days after the All-Star break, so I think if he’ll do anything he’ll start in a minor league game before anything. He’ll do that first before he comes back here. I think you base it on how he goes down there.

“I don’t see him pitching on Sunday.”

Peavy, who fractured a left rib on June 4 against Seattle, threw a simulated game on Tuesday in Detroit, throwing about 75 pitches, according to Ventura.

“When you’re watching him throw it was pretty free and easy,” Ventura said. “That’s the good stuff that you like seeing coming from him. There wasn’t any wincing or just the extra stretching guys will do when coming back.”

On Friday, Peavy threw 53 pitches in a bullpen session in Tampa.

“I felt like we got better, took a step in the right direction, no pain,” Peavy said. “The biggest thing is the arm strength, just work it back. I thought the stuff was a step up from the bullpen [session], and that’s exciting for me.

“I feel stronger today then I did certainly in Tampa, and that’s exciting for me,” Peavy continued. “But I’ve still got a ways to go.”

The tentative plan was for Peavy to make his first rehabilitation start on Sunday in Huntsville for Double-A Birmingham.

“I was very pleased with the feel and the command that I had,” Peavy said. “It’s exciting. You get a little more adrenaline and you feel like you can pitch. I feel I can pitch, but I understand it’s a process and I have to take it slow.”

Peavy, whose time in Chicago has been plagued by injuries, could still be a nice commodity for a contender when the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline comes around.

“I’d love to get out there, but you have to be smart on things,” Peavy said. “I’m going to hold on to it until I get my flight. I certainly want everyone to do whatever they think is best. I certainly feel I can get major league hitters out, but only time will tell.”

But it’s the gamer in Peavy that isn’t helping matters.

“It’s tough being hurt and on the DL; that’s the absolute worst spot to be in on the roster you can be in,” Peavy said. “It’s an extremely tough spot to be in when your team is struggling. You feel so helpless. That’s probably why I made that last start in Seattle, knowing deep down that I probably shouldn’t be out there.”

Peavy gave up six runs on seven hits in just 2 1/3 innings against Seattle on June 4 as the White Sox dropped their eighth straight game.

The outing before that, he gave up six runs on eight hits in four innings of work.

“When you look at the start, it was evident I had no reason to be out on a major league field,” Peavy said. “I want … so badly to be that guy to stop a losing streak, to create some kind of spark to get the team going in the other direction. That’s been the toughest part, just try to be as positive as you can and not get down in the dumps when you feel helpless.”