Monday, May 16, 2011
Peavy: Six-man rotation not valid excuse
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- If anyone stands to benefit the most from the Chicago White Sox's current six-man rotation, it would seem to be Jake Peavy, who is preparing to make his second start since returning from surgery last summer to reattach his latissimus dorsi.
Peavy, though, says everybody will benefit equally, and if they don’t think so, they aren’t being honest with themselves.
“If any bad comes out of this thing, as far as guys doing bad or saying they are not sharp, I’m going to have to say that’s a hoax,” Peavy said. “The longer you go without pitching, as long as it’s not a couple of weeks, you will do plenty enough in between starts to stay sharp and you should feel outstanding.”
Peavy pitched Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels, the first time he has been in a major-league game since he was injured last July. His next outing will come this Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians. The one-week wait is due to Thursday’s off day.
“I know some people like to stay in the routine and I certainly do too,” Peavy said. “I have no problems staying in a routine of things. But the more time you have off, the better you are going to feel. That’s the bottom line. You can throw a couple of sides and throw off of flat ground to stay sharp. I don’t think there’s any excuse.”
Manager Ozzie Guillen had a similar sentiment last week, saying that blaming downtime between starts is an excuse.
Peavy might be fine with an extra day or two between starts, but he wasn’t too pleased about coming out of Wednesday's game an inning or two before he thought he should. He went six innings (87 pitches) before handing it over to the bullpen.
“I hope [to throw] 100, 100-plus pitches, especially with the time off we are having in between starts,” Peavy said. “I certainly think we should be able to extend ourselves a little bit. I know me being out of surgery, I’m probably going to be on the cautious end of things. But at the same time, I don’t see any problem with me throwing 100 or 110 pitches.”