Addition of Peavy could give Sox a dangerous rotation

Jake Peavy
Jake Peavy

Kenny Williams gave the now-infamous Jake Peavy trade one more shot. And it worked.

The White Sox acquired Peavy from the San Diego Padres in exchange for four pitchers. The only question that remains, is when will Peavy actually pitch in a White Sox uniform?

Peavy was placed on the 15-day disabled list in the middle of June because of a torn tendon in his right ankle. At the time, doctors in San Diego believed this injury could keep him out for eight to 12 weeks.

Today is Aug. 12, and Peavy is getting closer and closer to returning to baseball. Peavy pitched his final workout for the White Sox Saturday, and will embark on a minor-league rehabilitation assignment that could have him joining the White Sox as early as Aug. 23. The White Sox stated they want Peavy to have at least two minor-league starts, and then they will evaluate his progress.

“We’re going to take it start by start, listen to what he’s saying, look at the reports, how he’s throwing the ball and how he’s feeling,” pitching coach Don Cooper said Saturday after Peavy threw a 52-pitch session. “But nobody knows him better than him. Certainly his input, we’re taking that into account.”

After Peavy’s bullpen session Saturday, he said he felt pain-free, but that he still had some work that needed to be done.

“The biggest thing is I have to build the pitch count up, build my endurance, arm strength and sharpness,” Peavy said. “When all that comes together, I’ll make a start here. But everything is tentative as of now.”

Having Peavy in the lineup would mean the world to the White Sox, who are desperately looking for a temporary fifth starter. Carlos Torres and Clayton Richard (traded to the Padres for Peavy) have had chances to fill the void, but neither possessed the consistency needed.

When Peavy does join the White Sox, I would venture to say the White Sox will have one of the toughest starting rotations in Major League Baseball. With Mark Buehrle, Peavy, John Danks and Gavin Floyd, the White Sox could be dangerous if, and when, they make it to the postseason.

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from the Aug 12-18, 2009 issue

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