Peavy's ties to Padres remain unbroken
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The uniform on his chest may say White Sox right now, but in some ways Jake Peavy will always be a Padre.He still resides during the offseason in San Diego and this spring, he's staying in nearby Peoria where the San Diego club trains. In the early evening hours, he fishes with former Padres coaches on a bass boat recently acquired for just that purpose. He has had dinner this spring with Bruce Bochy and has run into Bud Black, his former San Diego managers. And during Peavy's rehab and comeback from serious right shoulder surgery, he has sought the counsel of Padres pitching coach Darren Balsley. "I enjoyed my time in San Diego and I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for the Padres," he said on Monday after making his third pain-free start of the spring in a 7-6 loss to San Diego at Camelback Ranch. "I was just a 20-year-old kid, getting a chance to play in the Major Leagues and we had some great years there. I won a Cy Young in that town and we made the playoffs twice. It was truly a special time. I have a lot of friends and a lot of ties over there and I certainly pull for those guys." The feeling is mutual. Though Peavy didn't hesitate to add that he's excited to be a member of the White Sox now, his former managers are watching with care and some awe as the right-hander is rebuilding his arm strength in what has become a speedy and very unlikely recovery. His last two starts have been against Bochy's Giants and Black's Padres, men whom Peavy immensely respects.
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Barry M. Bloom is national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.