GLENDALE, Ariz. _ It’s the first day for pitchers and catchers at the White Sox’ training camp here, and Jake Peavy is the story of the day.
Peavy just finished throwing about 40 pitches (fastballs, changeups) off the mound to A.J. Pierzynski as GM Kenny Williams, manager Ozzie Guillen, pitching coach Don Cooper and a large throng looked on under partly sunny skies and about a 70-degree temperature.
Afterward, Peavy was pleased by his first throwing session of camp, but he is still going to take it slow as he recovers from a detached lat muscle in his posterior right shoulder.
“It’s a good side session,” Peavy said before heading off for a workout. “The location was good. Just climbing, like the rest of the guys are.”
Peavy said his surgically repaired lat feels good, and it’s just about building arm strength.
“I just have to climb and gain arm strength,” Peavy said. “It’s going to come with getting out on the mound and doing long toss.”
It’s been a tough off-season for Peavy.
In addition to going through a grueling rehab process, his father’s been ill and his grandmother just passed away.
Peavy is heading back home to Alabama for the funeral, and he expects to be back in camp Sunday.