Peavy turns up the heat
GLENDALE, Ariz. – The White Sox and Dodgers played a late game (9:05 p.m. Chicago start) Saturday, and a Cactus League record crowd of 13,721 packed into Camelback Ranch.
Jake Peavy also made an appearance, just his second Cactus League start. The Sox’ right-hander has made his other starts in minor-league games this spring.
“It was fun to go out in front of the crowd,” Peavy said after pitching 5 innings against Los Angeles and allowing 4 runs on 7 hits. “It just didn't work out the other days and we got our work in elsewhere. But I feel ready to go.”
Spending most of his time pitching against minor leaguers was not as easy as it seems, according to Peavy.
“I can tell you this, you go down to Triple-A and you didn't think when a big leaguer comes down to a Triple-A game, those guys aren't out to prove something?” Peavy said. “That's a huge shot in the arm for those guys to show they belong and they can have big-league at-bats off of a big-league pitcher.
“You’d better be ready to pitch. How many times do you watch a guy go down to the minor leagues and give up all kinds of runs? So, it's nice to face all-star after all-star after all-star. But at the end of the day, it comes down to making pitches.”
The numbers might not show it, but Peavy made some outstanding pitches vs. the Dodgers.
The most encouraging pitch was the fastball, which topped out at 93 mph.
“You know, I've talked to the doctor and multiple others said, after you have a major surgery, two years is really when you kind of see what you got,” said Peavy, who had surgery to repair a detached lat on July 14, 2010. “The (velocity) readings that I was getting feedback on, I was throwing the ball a few miles harder than I ever did at any point and time last year.
“I'm excited about that. What that translates into you never know. It's nice to know your arm speed is there and the ball is coming out of your hand good. I feel results are results and that game could have easily gone the other way.”
Peavy, the Sox’ No. 2 starter behind Chris Sale, will stay back in camp when the rest of the club departs Wednesday.
He’ll throw on Thursday and is looking forward to going for real on April 2 vs. Kansas City at U.S. Cellular Field.
“I couldn't be happier how camp went really at this point and time,” Peavy said. “I just threw 106 pitches. I'm healthy. I did get tired that last inning. That was pretty obvious. But I'm super excited the way the ball is coming out of my hand.”