BOSTON – The daily drama that has become “When the Peavy Throws,” took yet another turn on Thursday, as right-hander Jake Peavy played long toss to test his sore right elbow, and deemed himself well enough to pitch on Saturday.
Just not in New York.
The White Sox unveiled their latest plan to get Peavy up and running, and more importantly on the mound for the big-league team, giving him one more rehab start for the Class AAA Knights. They will then evaluate where he is after that start, and if all is well, debut him in Wrigley Field on Thursday or wait until Friday against Boston at The Cell.
“We’ll see what happens,” Peavy said of facing the Cubs. “It’s always something to shoot for. When you put things in concrete, you get a letdown. We’ll see what happens. I’m looking forward to Saturday night, meet the team Sunday or Monday in Minnesota and start hopefully in the big leagues some time that week.”
General manager Ken Williams had already insisted that he didn’t want to put Peavy on the mound under National League rules, because the ankle injury that sidelined him all this time was caused running the bases.
But manager Ozzie Guillen pointed out that with so much on the line for the Sox right now, they can’t be that picky.
“I believe so far it won’t be the Cubs game [when he returns],” Guillen said. “We worry about running and stuff. But that’s so far. If we need him or we’re desperate about a pitcher, I don’t mind [starting him]. I will [tell Peavy] pitch, and then I will talk to the umpire and tell him, ‘We got one out before he’s going up there, he’s not going to hit.’ ”
As far as the soreness in the elbow area that was struck on the comebacker last week, Peavy is starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
“Obviously this is a tiny setback, but I hope to get out there and make a start and be out there sooner rather than later,” Peavy added.