CHICAGO -- White Sox starter Jake Peavy made another rehab appearance on Friday, pitching 5 2/3 strong innings for Triple-A Charlotte. Peavy allowed seven hits and three runs, but struck out eight batters while throwing 85 pitches, 62 for strikes.
"I gave up a few runs, a two-run homer late, but I made a lot of good pitches," said Peavy. "I couldn't feel any better stuff-wise. I thought I was much better than I've been in the past. I feel better than I have in quite some time."
So what's next?
"Hopefully, I have one or two more [starts] before I come back," said Peavy. "I'd like to go in five days, and I expect my body to respond. But I think Charlotte is off Wednesday, so I'm not sure. I'll just take it in stride. Maybe they'll send me to [Double-A] Birmingham. We'll see."
In the meantime, Peavy will rejoin the White Sox in Chicago on Sunday.
Peavy has had more than baseball on his mind this week. The Alabama native has watched the news with anguish as storms ravaged the southern state.
"All my family members are alive and well," said Peavy. "But it's been a rough go for the people in my home state. We're doing some things to help with the Red Cross."
Broadcast wing named for Harrelson
CHICAGO -- You can put it on the plaque ... Yes!
The White Sox honored colorful play-by-play television announcer Ken "Hawk" Harrelson on Friday, renaming the club's broadcast area at U.S. Cellular Field the "Hawk Harrelson Broadcast Level."
"I didn't prepare anything when I got up here today," said Harrelson. "While I was driving, I was thinking about what I was going to say. ... I tell you, if I start talking about it, I'm going to cry.
The plaque, bearing Harrelson's likeness, was placed outside the television and radio broadcast booths. It was unveiled by Harrelson after a brief introduction by White Sox radio announcer Ed Farmer. Club chairman owner Jerry Reinsdorf and White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen were also on hand to mark the occasion.
"When [Harrelson] interviewed, we were going to hire either him or [Don] Drysdale," said Reinsdorf. "After we talked to them, I said let's take them both.
"It seems like it was just yesterday. Hawk has been the face of the franchise for a long time."
Known for his arsenal of catchphrases like "duck snort" and "He gone!", Harrelson has been broadcasting for 35 years, including 26 with the White Sox. He also served as Chicago's general manager for one season in 1986.
"When Jerry came here, [the organization] was nothing," said Harrelson. "If there was one word for it, it was decadent. Now, I think the Chicago White Sox is the greatest organization in the American League. To be associated with it for 27 years, I'm overwhelmed."
Harrelson has been known for his outspoken ways since his days as a player when, among other things, he was credited for adding the batting glove into the ballplayer's arsenal. His best season was in 1968, when he hit 35 homers and led the American League with 109 RBIs for the Boston Red Sox. He finished third in the Most Valuable Player balloting that year.
"This is a unique organization," said Harrelson. "The owner has brought seven championships to the city, and he's not done yet. I call it STPL. He brought stability for the organization, he brough tradition, he brought pride and those three elements manifest themselves into loyalty.
"We all know that there is not a whole lot of loyalty in professional sports. But we have loyalty with the White Sox."
Harrelson has earned five Emmy Awards, two Illinois Sportscaster of the Year Awards and, in 2007, was a nominee for baseball's Ford C. Frick Award. Besides broadcasting, Harrelson's post-playing career was also marked by a 3 1/2-year stint as a professional golfer, which included an appearance in the 1972 British Open.
"It's been the greatest 27 years of my life, with my family here," said Harrelson. "I've loved every minute of it."
Pena, Rios not expected to miss much time
CHICAGO -- The White Sox got good news on reliever Tony Pena, who was pulled from an appearance at Yankee Stadium on Thursday.
Pena came out of the game after facing five batters, failing to retire any of them. He was removed after a visit to the mound from White Sox head athletic trainer Herm Schneider with what the club called discomfort in his right elbow.
"Pena is nothing bad," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. "They did an MRI. They said it was clean. They're going to give him some medicine, and he's supposed to be back in the next two days."
The reports on outfielder Alex Rios were similarly positive. Rios has been battling a sore left toe, and aggravated the injury while making a catch in Thursday's game. He was not in Friday's starting lineup.
"Rios could have played today, it's just a little hard to deal with that," said Guillen. "When I saw him walking to the field, he was sore. He can play the next couple of days. He will play tomorrow."
The White Sox entered Friday's game having scored three runs or fewer in seven straight games. That's the longest such streak for the team since April 28-May 5, 2008. Injured starter Jake Peavy was scheduled to throw a rehab start for Triple-A Charlotte on Friday night, throwing six innings or 85 pitches against Scranton-Wilkes Barre. The White Sox have several slumping regulars entering play Friday. Gordon Beckham was hitting .098 (5-for-51) over his last 15 games. Adam Dunn was hitting .130 (7-for-54) in 15 games since returning from an appendectomy. Alex Rios is in a 2-for-34 (.059) slump, and Brent Morel was 4-for-35 (.114). After averaging 6.9 runs in their first nine games, the White Sox have averaged 2.4 runs in 17 games since.
Bradford Doolittle is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.