Saturday, July 20, 2013
Timing key for Peavy, White Sox
By Jason Catania
Jake Peavy won't be able to save the Chicago White Sox' season, but if he comes back soon enough, he could still help the club.
The veteran right-hander would be a useful trade chip for Chicago, assuming he makes it back to full health and proves he's ready to have a strong second half.
Peavy will be on display Saturday against the Braves in what will be his first start since June 4 due to a rib injury, as Tony Ginnetti of the Sun-Times writes.
Peavy, who is under contract through 2014, tossed 90 pitches over five innings for Double-A Birmingham on Sunday, but manager Robin Ventura said there will be no pitch-count restrictions Saturday.
There have been rumors connecting the battle-tested starter to contenders in need of rotation help, like the Arizona Diamondbacks, so it's imperative Peavy shows he can get the job done immediately. Otherwise, the Sox could be stuck with him for the rest of this season and next at $14.5 per.