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Monday, July 11, 2011
Jake Peavy to see trainer in Alabama

By Sahadev Sharma
Special to

CHICAGO -- White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy said he will return home to Alabama and see a physical therapist during the All-Star break.

It's the same trainer he worked with over the winter while rehabbing from surgery to repair a torn lat muscle. Peavy recently returned from the disabled list; he suffered a groin injury earlier this season.

Since Peavy joined the White Sox, he has yet to consistently display the talent that won him the Cy Young award in 2007 with the San Diego Padres. Beset by injuries since the Sox traded for him in July 2009, Peavy says his body just isn't allowing him to pitch to his capabilities.

Peavy is 4-3 with a 5.27 ERA in nine starts after a 6-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.

Jake Peavy
White Sox starter Jake Peavy couldn't get out of the fifth inning in Sunday's loss to the Twins.
"I thought physically I'd be able to bounce back better than I have and that's just the bottom line, no ifs, ands or buts about it," he said. "Physically, my body has not bounced back and it's not hard to see out there. I'm throwing 85 to 90 miles per hour with my fastball and my breaking balls just aren't as sharp, can't even strike anybody out with it."

Peavy got himself out of jams in the first and third innings, but he failed to come out unscathed in the fourth. After retiring the first two batters in the inning, Peavy walked the next two and both came around to score on Drew Butera's single and Jason Repko's double. Peavy gave up three more runs in the fifth and was pulled after retiring only one batter in the inning.

"He just missed location. He was behind in the count a lot," catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "He made a couple mistakes. I thought he was going to get it going after he got (Joe) Mauer to hit into the double play and get out of that inning, first and third, no outs. They did a good job of coming back the next inning and putting two and then three up. It just was one of those days where it didn't work out."

Peavy was clearly bothered by his inability to get batters to swing and miss, but it was the free passes that he handed out that really got the Twins going.

"That's frustrating, getting myself in trouble," Peavy said. "It certainly wasn't the way I want to do things. But at the same (time), you gotta put guys away with two strikes. I look forward to the break, I need the break. I need to regroup physically and have better stuff than I've been running out there with. It's been a grind these last three since the Colorado start, physically just not have good stuff."

Peavy will get six days' rest before his next outing, unless pitching coach Don Cooper decides to deviate from the rotation he laid out prior to Sunday's game and give Peavy a little extra time off.

With 70 games remaining for the White Sox, manager Ozzie Guillen wants his team to be focused on the future, not the poor results of the past. Pierzynski agreed and couldn't draw many positives from the first 88 games of the season.

"It's over. That's about it," Pierzynski said. "It wasn't what we expected, it wasn't what we wanted to happen, but we're still alive and we're still alive with 70 or so games left. We have to come out and play better. I mean that's the bottom line. It's been frustrating, it's been disappointing, it's been up and down. But the bottom line is we still have a chance and we just have to play better."

Sahadev Sharma is a special contributor for