Peavy open to closing games in future
Right-hander healthy for first time since coming to Chicago
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- He's not quite ready for it at this point, but the thought has already crossed his mind: When his time is done as a starter, Jake Peavy might let it all hang out as a closer."If I can't stay healthy for 200 innings, if somebody says something about closing or being a reliever, I can do that, I can be a reliever," the White Sox pitcher said on Saturday. "How do I know that? I can be a reliever because I think I can. That's the bottom line. I can do something because I believe I can do it. If it comes down to that, I'll do it because I love this game. "When I walk away, you guys will know it because it's time." It isn't time yet for him either to relieve or close based on his performance on Saturday. Peavy pitched five innings of scoreless, no-hit ball as the White Sox defeated the Mariners, 5-0, in Cactus League action at Camelback Ranch. Peavy pitched to one batter over the minimum of 15, walking only Justin Smoak to open the second inning. He struck out five. The performance was in stark contrast to his previous outing on March 12, when he allowed six runs and eight hits against the A's.
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.