Peavy meets the press

Peavy meets the press

Posted by scotgreg on Sat, 08/01/2009 - 15:25
If Jake Peavy is as impressive on the mound as he was in Saturday afternoon's press conference at U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox really have something here. Peavy didn't even wait for a first question, preferring to issue a verbal statement of sorts regarding Friday's trade from the San Diego Padres. That was right after the 28-year-old starter received a Sox cap and jersey No. 44 from GM Kenny Williams. “I’ll first say a few words if that’s all right,” Peavy began. “First off, I’m very excited to be here. Obviously, I had mixed emotions over the last 24 hours simply because San Diego is a place that I’ve known since I’ve been a 17-year-old kid. So leaving there and the relationships I had there was tough. “But when I got on that plane this morning, I left those loyalties and obligations in San Diego. I’ve never been more happy to be in a place where they’re committed to winning. Kenny and his staff have made that very clear to me. “I feel honored to put this uniform on with the other great players I just had a chance to meet in that clubhouse.” Peavy's competitiveness on the mound is well known, and it also came across in Saturday's Q&A session. “The No. 1 reason I’m here is the conversations I’ve had with Kenny, and the way he feels about his franchise, the direction of this team, and the goals that these guys have year in and year out,” Peavy said. “ That’s being a world champion. Doing what they did in ’05. Like I said, in this game, that’s all I care to do is to win and be a part of something special. I hope that happens here.” Peavy talked about his bum right ankle, which has kept him off the field since June 13. “I’m getting better on a daily basis, walking around pain free, running pain free,” Peavy said. “I have not done anything side to side. Throwing off of flat ground. I Have not thrown off a mound; I think that’s coming in the next day or so. I’m going to sit down with the staff after the game today and kind of map out a plan for me. “But physically, the ankle feels fine, it’s just a little bit weak. Simply being in a boot for six weeks will make the calf muscle and stuff like that weak. And the arm, same way, I didn’t throw a ball. “So I’m just trying to get arm strength and get back and make a couple of rehab starts to try to get on top of my game, because everybody knows when you take a couple of months off, you’re not going to be as sharp and as good as you are when you’re in midseason form. But I wouldn’t be surprised in the next three weeks, four weeks, to certainly be out on the field trying to help this ballclub win.”
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