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Peavy hurt, could miss two to three months

Posted on: June 12, 2009 9:36 pm
Edited on: June 12, 2009 10:56 pm

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- After nearly eight months of rumors, Jake Peavy may be off the trade market this summer.

The Padres will place their ace right-hander on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with an ankle injury that could sideline him for as long as three months, well past the July 31 trade deadline. At the very least, he's not expected to return until after the July 15 All-Star Game.

Peavy, who was hurt while running the bases on May 22, was diagnosed with a strained tendon in his right foot. Technically, it's a strain of the posterior tibialis, a muscle that starts under the tibia and runs behind the ankle and attaches to the navicular, one of the main bones in the arch.

The Padres say there is some tearing in the muscle and tendon and that Peavy will wear a cast for two to four weeks. He is in a hard cast now and will be re-evaluated after two weeks, at which point he will either switch to a walking boot or, if the healing hasn't progressed far enough, he'll remain in a hard cast.

Best-case scenario is that Peavy can return in about a month, but there's no question the club is concerned it could be longer.

"It could be eight weeks, easy," Todd Hutcheson, San Diego's head athletic trainer, said Friday before the Padres opened a series against the Los Angeles Angels. "It could be 12 weeks if things don't come along as fast as we'd like them to.

"It's a little, tiny muscle, but it sure makes a difference in how his leg works.

"We've got to make sure we do the right thing."

Peavy first felt a twinge in the foot while rounding third on May 22 following a Tony Gwynn double when, thinking he could score, he instead made a quick stop.

"My ankle slid a little," Peavy said. "I didn't feel anything jarring. It was just a little uncomfortable."

Peavy didn't even mention anything to the training staff until the next day, when the pain continued and he thought he had injured his Achilles tendon. With heavy treatment, he made his next three starts. But the pain in his foot continued.

"I know it hurt and I wasn't 100 percent, but I thought I was good enough to be out there," Peavy said.

To a degree, it was: It has not bothered him when he's moving forward in his delivery to the plate.

"I can move forward, but it really bothers me if I have to run to my side or angle over to cover first," he said.

Though Peavy and the club both say the pitcher did not further damage his foot by attempting to pitch with the pain, the determination was finally made following an MRI exam on Friday that he could inflict further damage  if he continues to push it.

"It could get worse if he's not able to plant (the foot properly)," Hutcheson said. "If you can't stabilize the foot, then your mechanics are going to change, and if you change your mechanics you risk (an arm injury)."

The injury not only is a blow to the Padres, who were 28-31 and 11 games behind first-place Los Angeles in the National League West entering Friday night's game, on the field, but also in the trade market. The club remains roughly $5 million over its self-imposed $40 million budget and has been attempting to deal Peavy since November.

Ironically, this injury occurred on May 22, the day Peavy formally rejected the Padres' attempt to trade him to the Chicago White Sox.


Category: MLB

Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: June 13, 2009 10:04 pm

Peavy hurt, could miss two to three months

The Padres can't hit anyway, Peavy or not they will still lose. Let him sit.

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: June 13, 2009 6:30 pm

Peavy hurt, could miss two to three months

And the funniest thing about Sabathia is, when he is bunted on by opposing players who take advantage of his, to be kind, large frame, the next time they are up he will usually throw at them, as if it is their fault he's such a fat a$$ and can't field his position. Obviously one of those C's doesn't stand for courage, coward might be more appropriate.
Also kind of entertaining to see Chisox fans still hammering Peavy. Face it, Sox fans, if he would have agreed to come to Chicago you would have laid down the red carpet for him and possibly wanted the Dan Ryan Expressway renamed in his honor. So he chooses not to and gets hurt, next thing you know you come off sounding like jilted lovers and suggest he's either a wimp, or better yet, the suggestion that it may not have happened at all if he came to play for them, as if pitchers aren't still going to bat in interleague play which is how the whole thing happened in the first place.

Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: June 13, 2009 6:14 pm

Peavy hurt, could miss two to three months

Better question, do you want your pitchers to practice running the bases, or do you want them to practice perfecting a curveball?

Everyday position players will run the bases 150+ times a season. NL pitchers will run the bases 20 times at most. That's not enough of a return to justify investing practice time. Plus, not all pitchers are athletic. Have you seen CC Sabathia?

Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: June 13, 2009 6:08 pm

Peavy hurt, could miss two to three months

No Peavy wasn't hurt swinging the bat, he was hurt running the bases, which he wouldn't do either on an AL team. Pitchers are baseball players, but even NL pitchers don't run the bases enough to justify the injury risk.

Also, if I'm paying money to go see a game, I'd rather see a Major League hitter, not a guy who resembles a single A hitter. While there are a few pitchers who can hit, you can probably count them all on one hand and that doesn't justify the rule. The only positive about pitchers hitting is at least I get a bathroom break every 9th hitter. The DH is here to stay. It's called progress. Don't dismiss it because of the "history" argument, if baseball stayed the same, we'd still be seeing entire teams hit only 10 HRs a season.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: June 13, 2009 3:59 pm

Peavy hurt, could miss two to three months

That is just dumb. Maybe they should stand in one spot and let robots field the ball too so they won't pull a hammy running to field a bunt in their direction.
On top of that there are teams with batters that hit worse then pitchers and pitchers that hit better then some batters. Guys like Dontrelle Willis and Livan Hernandez are still pinch hitting for position players.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: June 13, 2009 3:54 pm

Peavy hurt, could miss two to three months

Like Peavy would help the White Sox even if he accepted. Listen to your manager Ozzie. If your players can't bunt, hit-and-run, and steal bases, your team is screwed.

Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: June 13, 2009 3:25 pm

Peavy hurt, could miss two to three months

Good Chicago karma or bad San Diego luck?  It's not an irony that it happened on the day he rejected the trade, it's a coincidence.  Had he accepted the trade, a legion of lawyers would be sorting out who knew what when. 

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: June 13, 2009 3:23 pm

Peavy hurt, could miss two to three months

That's just utterly absurd. Peavy wasn't hurt swinging the bat. Pitchers are baseball players, they should bat. Designated Hitters are not ballplayers. The DH rule is a relic and should be expunged.

Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: June 13, 2009 1:54 pm

Peavy hurt, could miss two to three months

Can I use this to push the DH rule? There are enough pitchers getting hurt from throwing the ball, why risk even more injury from running the bases? (see 'chin ming wang') Pitchers don't run the bases enough as regular position players, so they don't have the muscle memory for pivots and such. Even NL pitchers, assuming they get 80 ABs a season, bat around .200, that's only 16 times on base a season. Scrap the pitchers hit rule and put in the DH.

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: June 13, 2009 11:29 am

Peavy hurt, could miss two to three months

Jake Peavy is one of the top pitchers in the game today and the window has closed at least for this season on him wearing a different uniform. It's a crushing blow to the Padres as they've been trying to rid themselves of Peavy and his huge contract but now may have to wait until next season to have a chance at moving him and saving all the money he costs them. At least Peavy's injury is not the arm and when he gets healthy again  he should be fine and much better than coming off of an arm injury.

Jake Peavy may join the Todd Helton club as a player with a huge contract that becomes an albatras around the neck of his organization. Sometimes these clubs do more harm than they realize when they sign players to long term contracts and especially ones that pay players at the top scale. Although this is sometimes unavoidable in this Yankee fueled market it does set teams up for this kind of dilemna. Small market teams such as the Rockies and Padres are hamstrung by a player such as Helton or Peavy that for salary reasons or in the case of Peavy where he has the right to veto a trade. Don't get me wrong I like both these players but I know that the Rockies cannot trade Helton and the same may occur in the case of Jake Peavy. The jury is still out on his future and where he plays.

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