Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Peavy's season not quite finished after all
By Doug Padilla
Jake Peavy would be OK with shutting it down for the season, but Ozzie Guillen wouldn't.
MINNEAPOLIS -- It's starting to look like Jake Peavy will get at least one more start this season.
Saying after his outing Tuesday that he was willing to shut it down if the coaching and training staffs thinks it's prudent, Peavy might not get that option.
"No not yet," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I think we should keep it the same way. Right now I don't think I'm going to throw in the towel. If they want to throw in the towel that's their problem."
Peavy has had a rocky road on his path back from surgery to reattach his latissimus dorsi muscle behind his right shoulder. He has been wildly inconsistent sometimes going from dominating to vulnerable in a matter of an inning.
But he did manage to get his record even at 7-7 with his performance Tuesday and his ERA moved under 5 to 4.92.
Peavy has talked about next year for about a month now, all while continuing to take his turn in the rotation. He admits he has been struggling with strength and stamina and is anxious to get a break so he can feel more like himself in 2012.
"I look forward to a nice winter and a nice comeback season," Peavy said after his start on Tuesday. " At the same time, I'm grinding through this one. It has been a grind. Some good, some not so good."
The White Sox already have Phil Humber and Zach Stewart listed as starters on Saturday and Sunday respectively at home against Cleveland. That would mean that if Peavy started again it would be Monday at home against the Tigers with the team returning to a six-man setup.
"I think he will prepare himself for his next start," Guillen said. "I don't think there should be any problem with that. I expect him to go out there for his next start."