07/15/11 11:51 PM ET
Peavy says relief outing took a toll
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
But it's not pain felt by Peavy, as much as his arm not bouncing back over his next three starts before the All-Star break. So moving Peavy back to Tuesday against the Royals, instead of his originally scheduled slot on Sunday against the Tigers, only will help Peavy regain that freshness on the mound.
That Peavy relief outing featured seven strikeouts over four scoreless innings, with just one hit allowed. He has yielded 14 runs on 23 hits in 16 1/3 innings against the Rockies, Royals and Twins after that amazing effort.
"Certainly, I had some adrenaline that day and I pitched well, but my body had a hard time coming back," Peavy said. "I just never felt in that 15-day period that I got my arm back rested and could turn it loose.
"I felt like I was behind the 8-ball before I went out there, what I was feeling and what I could do with the baseball. That was clear to anybody watching the games, not just the results but stuff-wise, it wasn't close to anything I'd had previous."
Peavy plans to throw off flat ground and off the mound in the next few days. He worked with his physical therapist over the All-Star break in order to regain that arm strength, which he put at about 70 percent in each of his last three starts.
Working in a six-man rotation will help Peavy stay strong, as he passed by the one-year anniversary of July 14 surgery to reattach his detached lat muscle. It won't be until 18 months post-surgery where Peavy truly should feel back to normal, or so he's been told, but he's ready to function the rest of the 2010 campaign even as part of a regular five-man alignment.
"I'm not out there in any kind of pain or discomfort," Peavy said. "I threw about 300 pitches in an eight-day span, and that's a lot to ask even of a 22-year-old, not to mention someone coming out of major surgery. I was happy to do it and glad it turned out the way it did. I had a good break, I'm glad we're doing what we're doing, making the right decision pushing me back. I definitely need it.
"When you're arm is like that, not only your fastball, but breaking stuff isn't sharp. Nothing's effective. When you're trying to piece things together -- as a reliever, you can piece together an inning or two. When you start and you go through a lineup three or four times, you can't do it without some good fortune when you had the stuff I had.
"It was totally my call and I was excited to do it, but I need to understand my body was taxed," Peavy said. "Won us a couple of games, but lost us a couple after that. We all got together and made a good decision in pushing me back and trying to get me back to where I was before those last three starts."
On-field success remains Teahen's focus
DETROIT -- Mark Teahen has been around Major League Baseball long enough to know how the business works.
A player making a total of $10.25 million during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, but also a player stuck in a reserve role, doesn't always attract a great deal of trade interest.
"I'm realistic. I know what I'm getting paid this year and next year," Teahen said. "I know if my role is as a backup player, not a lot of people pay their backup players that much. And, unless I get to play, it's hard to prove that I'm worth that.
"I know a contract like that isn't easy to move until the role kind of lines up with it. I try not to think about it too much, trying to control what I can control and leave that to my agent and the front office or whatever."
Teahen tries to balance his goal of helping the team in spot starts, like the one he received at third base on Friday against Justin Verlander, while also harnessing a desire to play more frequently. Teahen went 2-for-4 in the 8-2 victory.
"I've done a good job to stay positive, and I always assumed it would work itself out," Teahen said. "But to be at the All-Star break and not have 100 at-bats, I know I missed time with an (strained right) oblique, but it's kind of discouraging in some ways."
Danks has 'fun' in second rehab start
DETROIT -- White Sox left-hander John Danks stayed on target to pitch Wednesday's series finale in Kansas City, after working six scoreless innings for Triple-A Charlotte on Friday night.Danks (strained right oblique) threw 59 of his 82 pitches for strikes, striking out four and walking one against Louisville, while pitching in his second injury rehab start.
"I'm ready to get back," said Danks, as quoted on the Knights' official Twitter feed. "I felt a big difference compared to the last start in Gwinnett. I've never had this type of injury before.
"Just getting over the mental hurdle of pitching again was tough in the last start. This was fun tonight."
Dunn feels recharged for second half
DETROIT -- The phrase "recharging of batteries" seems too cliché for Adam Dunn to use when talking about his four days away from baseball during the All-Star break. But that's the exact feeling Dunn has as he gets ready to put his .160 first-half average behind him and focus on what's left of the season.
"I can't even put it into words," said Dunn, who finished 1-for-4 with two RBIs during Friday's 8-2 win over the Tigers. "You go back home and you get away from it and it's amazing how good that I felt today, just mentally. I feel like it's a new start."
Dunn did "as much as you could possibly do" in a four-day period, along with enjoying his family's new house in Texas. He already has acknowledged that personal statistics are long gone for his first season with the White Sox, but with this new start, Dunn simply wants to do what's possible to help the team win.
"That's all there is. That's it," Dunn said. "I can't take back what has happened. I don't know how many games we have left. But what I can do is have an 80 or whatever games we have left season and that's what I plan on trying to do."
Veteran Davis to pitch for Triple-A Knights
DETROIT -- Pitcher Doug Davis agreed to a Minor League deal with the White Sox, according to a team source, and will pitch for Triple-A Charlotte. The veteran southpaw is viewed by the organization as depth for the Knights' rotation but is not part of the big league picture.
In nine starts with the Cubs during the 2011 season, the 35-year-old posted a 1-7 record with a 6.50 ERA over 45 2/3 innings.
Third to first
With the addition of third-round selection Jeff Soptic, the White Sox have signed their first seven picks from the 2011 First-Year Player Draft and 23 of their first 28. Gavin Floyd has walked no more than three batters in 46 straight starts. The White Sox will wear Chicago American Giants uniforms on Saturday as the Tigers hold their 17th annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game. The Tigers will wear Detroit Stars uniforms.