Saturday, September 10, 2011
Source: Sox shut down Jake Peavy
By Sahadev Sharma
Chicago White Sox starter Jake Peavy has been shut down for the remainder of the season, a source confirmed to ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine. The move doesn't come as much of a surprise as Peavy seemed to be looking forward to the offseason after his last start.
"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."
Peavy made his first start of the season on May 11 after returning from surgery to have his latissimus dorsi muscle reattached, a procedure that no major league pitcher had ever undergone. Peavy made at least 30 starts and pitched a minimum of 190 innings four times in a five-year span from 2003 to 2007.
However, his two-plus seasons with the White Sox have been riddled with injuries, as he's failed to make 20 starts on the South Side. This season, Peavy has posted a 4.92 ERA in 19 appearances (18 starts) and lasted more than six innings only six times.
Peavy has seemed optimistic that with a normal winter coming up where he won't be rehabbing any injuries, next season will be his best chance to return to his 2007 Cy Young form.
"If you look at history of guys, any surgery they've had ... it's a battle," Peavy said on Tuesday. "It's a grind and you always see that year removed from it and see what guys are made of and what they have left to give."
The news was first reported by MLB.com.
Sahadev Sharma covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com.