Peavy (lower back strain) was placed on the 15-day DL on Saturday retroactive to Aug. 21. Albert Suarez was recalled in a corresponding move and will toe the rubber Saturday opposite Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz. Peavy has been wholly ineffective in 29 appearances this season, posting a 5.55 ERA and 1.42 WHIP, and he figures to return to the bullpen assuming he makes it back this season. A return timetable was not immediately provided but he will be eligible to return as soon as Sept. 5.
Bruce Bochy indicated Sunday that Peavy is considered the top candidate to start next Saturday's contest against the Braves, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Peavy would take the place of Matt Cain (back) in the rotation for Saturday, but his results as a starter this season (5.47 ERA, 1.40 WHIP) leave much to be desired. While the matchup may be decent enough, Peavy should only be considered as a flier candidate given that his stay in the rotation should be a short one.
Peavy will be heading to the Giants bullpen with the acquisition of Matt Moore, Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News reports. It was thought that either Peavy or Cain would head to the bullpen after the Giants traded to left-hander Matt Moore. Peavy will most likely serve as a long reliever for San Francisco and will be available to make a spot start when needed. The 35-year-old is having the worst year of his career in 2016.
Peavy didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 5-3 victory over the Nationals, surrendering three earned runs on five hits and a walk over four innings. He struck out seven. The veteran righty tallied his second-best strikeout total of the season, notching 12 swinging strikes over his four frames. Peavy nevertheless turned in his shortest outing since June 29 due to having thrown 74 pitches over his relatively brief time on the mound. The 35-year-old has only one victory in his last six starts and will try to get back in the win column in a rematch against the Nationals on next Friday.
Peavy (5-9) allowed six runs on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts over five innings in a loss Monday to the Reds. Peavy may have given up just four hits, but three of them were home runs, and that was enough to sink him. He has now allowed five homers in his past two starts and has allowed multiple home runs four times this season. With his fastball averaging a career low 88.8 mph, Peavy's margin for error is as low as it has ever been, and when he's missing in the zone, disaster will strike.