News and notes as the White Sox play Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians in front of an estimated 14 people at Progressive Field Wednesday afternoon:
*Jake Peavy was originally scheduled to start Game 2 vs. the Indians tonight, but he'll now go against the Tigers on Friday.
I've heard from a lot of people on Peavy's situation, and the common denominator is: Why is he even pitching this season?
Peavy missed three months, first with an ankle injury and then with a sore right elbow, which was hit by a line drive during a minor-league rehab outing with Class AAA Charlotte.
I've asked about it several times, and the Sox and Peavy have said the return this season should pay benefits in 2010.
If Peavy simply shut it down, he would have headed into spring training with eight months off. It probably wouldn't have been a big deal, but at least Peavy goes into the off-season with a base to build on.
And the White Sox have already seen enough from Peavy in his first two starts to know they've got a star pitcher on the roster.
*Mark Buehrle is going to start Game 2 vs. Cleveland tonight.
*Here is the updated list of injuries as the Sox play out the season:
Rookie second baseman Chris Getz was planning on having sports hernia surgery at the end of the season.
Now, he's reportedly going to have the procedure on Friday. Getz tried playing through the nagging injury the past few weeks, but he only batted .146 over his last 14 games.
*The bullpen is also beat up. Bobby Jenks (pulled calf muscle) is out for the season, and D.J. Carrasco (hamstring) and Octavio Dotel (neck) might also be finished for the year.
*The Indians fired manager Eric Wedge and his coaching staff before Game 1 Wednesday. My reaction? What took so long? Or, why not wait until the end of the season?