Peavy's elbow delays White Sox debut
Starter exited Saturday's rehab start early with soreness
NEW YORK -- The waiting continues where Jake Peavy's debut with the White Sox is concerned. Only this time, there's a somewhat unknown twist involved with the right-hander.
Peavy made Minor League rehab start No. 4 for Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday night in Norfolk, Va. The start became a necessity not because of the partially torn tendon in Peavy's right ankle, which has sidelined him for nearly three months, but due to the after-effects suffered by Peavy after taking a line drive off his right elbow in Monday's rehab start.
After working 3 1/3 innings and throwing 68 pitches on Saturday night, Peavy left the game with discomfort in his right elbow. Peavy will join the team on Monday in Minneapolis and have further tests done on the newly bothersome area.
"We are going to look at [Peavy] and reevaluate him and see what he's got," said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper. "He sent me a text message last night. He told me the problem, and I got to talk to him an hour later.
"He said he hadn't felt this before, and he said he didn't want to take any chances. He didn't feel like he could get the extension at that time and pulled himself out and said that he had enough. I think that's a smart move. Once we get our hands on him and get him here, we'll see where he's at."
In the start against Norfolk, Peavy gave up two runs on four hits, striking out four and walking one. Peavy has a 2.93 ERA during his four Minor League starts, with 17 strikeouts and four walks in 15 1/3 innings.
A start in the makeup game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Thursday was ruled out by White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. Peavy injured his right ankle running the bases during a May 22 game with the Padres against the Cubs, and general manager Ken Williams was wholeheartedly opposed to putting Peavy in a possible baserunning situation again at a National League ballpark.
Guillen wasn't quite as sold on the matter originally, even joking that Peavy would go to the plate and not even swing the bat when it was his time to hit. But factoring in Saturday's developments, there's no certainty as to when Peavy's next start -- and, in turn, his first start with the White Sox -- will occur.
"Before we think about anything after that, we have to see how he's doing physically," Cooper said. "It turns out we were kind of right by sending him down to get another one, weren't we? And we are going to be right again on the next call, wherever that may be, whether it's here or somewhere else. Whatever schedule we set, we'll find out what we need to do once we find out what we are dealing with, so stay tuned."
"I want this guy to pitch, because every day they're asking me about it," said Guillen with a smile. "And every day, I don't have any answer. If this guy is clean [physically], we have five more days; I don't see why not pitch him."
Cooper didn't see any reason why this latest setback would lead to some sort of season-ending solution for Peavy.
"No, I didn't get that," Cooper said. "Heck, again, the way I am, I don't go to that spot until someone tells me we may have to start doing that. This is just another bump in the road, like getting hit with the liner is a bump in the road. It's just residual effects from that. That's my thinking now, until I know otherwise.
"Personally, I'm not frustrated. It has been what it is. We set up a schedule, and we are waiting for him. I never worry about the people we don't have. I concern myself with the people we do have. We are going to make the decision directly based on him, and when he comes, great. We are all open arms."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.