02/26/11 4:45 PM EST
Peavy gearing up for Cactus League start
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
"And long toss is better than getting on a mound at this point," Peavy said. "We'll take a day or so to regroup. Friday is my day, so I'll throw a few sides in between. Maybe a light one on Monday and a light one on Wednesday. Thursday off, and then Friday we'll see what we got."
A feeling of near-normalcy has settled in for Peavy in his ongoing comeback from season-ending surgery last July to repair a detached latissimus dorsi muscle in his right posterior shoulder. Peavy believes that normalcy will jump up another level when he actually makes his first Cactus League start.
"I think we're past the grueling part," Peavy said. "Eight consecutive days and throwing every other day is grueling. Throwing 40 pitches and down, and 40 pitches the following day is tough. But we're past all that with flying colors. I feel healthy.
"Just got done working out. There are no limitations on anything I'm doing, which is always a good sign."
Santos confident in repertoire, adjustments
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Sergio Santos won't look much different when he takes the mound during the 2011 season.
Maybe the right-hander will be a little more confident in his second full year as a big league pitcher. But as far as adding pitches, Santos and pitching coach Don Cooper made an offseason decision to stick with the three he already has.
"That's the thing: I would rather be good at three pitches than being OK on four or five pitches," Santos said. "I want to be really good on three and know I have those. It was more about refining the pitches we have already."
So, Santos will feature a fastball ranging from 96-98 mph, a slider and a changeup. If anything needs to change, according to Santos, it's taking a few more miles off the changeup and getting more and more consistent with that slider.
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Hitters clearly adjusted, but it doesn't necessarily mean Santos has to make wholesale changes to build on his 2.96 ERA covering 56 games in his rookie season.
"The numbers are in favor of being a pitcher, and the more consistent I can throw strikes, then the numbers will be better," said Santos, who worked during the offseason on fastball location and will make his Cactus League debut Tuesday against Milwaukee. "Regardless if they know what's coming, they still have to hit it and that's the hard part.
"I can go in my memory bank and I know what's hard to hit. And I have good defense behind me, so let them get on ESPN for top plays and I'm happy."
Ozzie deflects Jenks' jabs
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The otherwise low-key and upbeat start to Spring Training for White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was briefly interrupted Saturday when he was asked about recent comments made by Bobby Jenks. The former White Sox closer and current Boston setup man said in an interview this past week that the stuff with Ozzie and the front office "gets old" and "it has been a problem for a long time."
Guillen once again took the high road in his response, just as he did back in January when Jenks was critical of Guillen's 2010 handling of the bullpen. But Guillen's high road was tweaked with a few sardonic comments and continued disappointment in the burly hurler, who was non-tendered by the team this past offseason.
"First of all, he can't make any comments about last year because he was never in the clubhouse. He spent more time at his house than he did in the clubhouse," said Guillen of Jenks' injury-plagued and somewhat troubled season. "He has to worry about Boston and what he has to do for them. We don't miss him. You ask 30 guys in there."
Third to first
Sunday's White Sox intrasquad lineups have been announced. One team features Juan Pierre (LF), Alexei Ramirez (SS), Adam Dunn (1B), Carlos Quentin (DH), Tyler Flowers (C), Dallas McPherson (3B), Brent Lillibridge (2B), Alejandro De Aza (CF) and Stefan Gartrell (RF). The second team has Lastings Milledge (LF), Gordon Beckham (2B), Alex Rios (DH), Paul Konerko (1B), Dayan Viciedo (RF), Brent Morel (3B), Josh Phegley (C), Jordan Danks (CF) and Eduardo Escobar (SS) ... With dipping temperatures and rain in the forecast, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen isn't sure the intrasquad game will take place prior to Monday's Cactus League opener with the Dodgers. "Hopefully, we play [Sunday]," Guillen said. "It's supposed to be very cold and rain early, and we don't have a tarp on the fields to cover. If not, we'll have guys throw on the side, and get ready for the first game."