GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Other than the expected early spring soreness, Jake Peavy came out of his first Cactus League outing feeling splendid.
"I have some general soreness, not too bad," Peavy said Saturday, a day after facing the Los Angeles Angels. "Everything [sore] is in the right spots; there's nothing tender that shouldn't be. I don't think I'm any different than any of the other guys."
After having surgery in July to reattach the latissimus dorsi muscle beneath his right shoulder, it was expected that Peavy could be out of action for a year. But Friday's outing was nearly eight months to the day that he was injured.
He still has his sights on making the Opening Day roster, but has cautious optimism about his goal.
"I'm not going to try to be a hero to break camp with the team," Peavy said "That's not our goal. The goal is to be a contributing factor to the success of this team for a majority of season. I would love to make every start, but if I make 28 that's not going be a concern. To break camp with the team would be exciting, but it's not life and death."
Before his outing against the Angels, Peavy cautioned that he might not have his 'A' game but he promised to be competitive. He was more than that and it has impressed even those who have been the closest to him during his recovery.
"If you watched everybody in the camp throw and you said, 'Pick out the guy that had the lat surgery,' you wouldn't be able to do it," White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said Saturday on ESPN 1000's "Talking Baseball". "He's throwing that well. He's right where everybody else is in every way shape or form. And now it's about continuing to build up arm strength, innings and pitches."
Peavy will throw a side session Sunday and is on schedule to make his next start Wednesday against the Giants at Scottsdale. He could pitch as many as three innings in that game.
"There's nothing standing in our way," Cooper said. "He wants to be doing what everybody else is doing. And not only that, he's doing that and more."
As competitive as Peavy is and as determined as he is to get back on the active roster as soon as possible, he has been able to sit back and marvel at his own road to recovery.
"I feel blessed, that's the word that keeps coming out," he said. "To get back from a major injury to feel as good as I feel, I feel blessed. I hope things continue to head in the right direction. I have a few more hurdles to get by to where I am ready to have endurance and strength to pitch every five days [during the regular season]."
Where the rest of the White Sox's starting staff is simply getting into shape to start the season, Peavy is pulling double duty by getting into shape while also rehabbing.
"It's very easy to get excited but that's my nature," Peavy said. "You feel that way with every hurdle you clear but you realize what has happened in last five months or so, take gradual steps. When you are ready, you are ready and we hope that's in a month. It might take a little longer but on the path we are on, I can't see that I am too far behind the guys, if at all."
Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.