Let the debate begin...
Is Jake Peavy ready to suit up with the varsity? Or does he need another rehab start with Class AAA Charlotte.
On Saturday, Peavy ackowledged he still wasn't “that close,” after throwing a bullpen session at U.S. Cellular Field. The 28-year-old righty said he felt some back discomfort after his second rehab start with Charlotte last Monday.
“When you haven’t started in two and a half months now since May or so, you’re
going to have that soreness, especially when you’re not easing into things,” Peavy said. “It’s not like I’ve been, everybody’s taking about spring training, it’s not like I’ve been prepared for that.
“It just kind of jumping right back into it and trying to go at an awful high level, so certainly I think that soreness is to be expected. I certainly had quite a bit of that, but we’re working through it.”
Peavy must have been feeling pretty good Monday, when he made his third start for Charlotte.
The 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner pitched 5 scoreless innings against Gwinnett, allowing 4 hits. Peavy also had 2 walks and 3 strikeouts while throwing 80 pitches (52 strikes).
Is he ready to join the White Sox?
I'd say give him one more minor-league start and let Peavy debut on Sept. 4, when the White Sox open a four-game home series against the Red Sox.
But don't count Peavy out for Saturday (or Sunday) at Yankee Stadium, either.
Peavy is supposed to fly up to Boston Tuesday morning, where the White Sox are playing the Red Sox at Fenway.
He'll talk with GM Kenny Williams, trainer Herm Schneider and pitching coach Don Cooper and a decision on Peavy's immediate future should be made.