Tag:Charlie Leesman
Posted on: February 21, 2011 6:09 pm
 

'Big day' for Peavy

Jake PeavyThe first day of live batting practice is usually a big day for pitchers and batters, being the first step back actual baseball activities -- but Monday's session was even more important for White Sox starter Jake Peavy.

"A day like today is a fun day and a big day for you because there are times you think you'll never do what I did today again," Peavy told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune. "I certainly think about it when you're sitting down with surgeons and they're trying to figure out how they're going to do surgery and try to figure out a rehab program. It's something that does cross your mind. What if I come back, and I'm never close to the same? Certainly, those are things you think about when you have alone time, but I think we're all past that and moving forward to being who I know I can be."

Peavy threw about 40 pitches to Jordan Danks, Stefan Gartrell and Brandon Short. Peavy said he threw at about 75 percent intensity and also threw some breaking pitches. The next test is how he reacts Tuesday, the day after throwing.

Peavy is expected to pitch March 4 against the Angels in another big test. Peavy has said that he hopes to be ready for opening day, but the White Sox won't need a fifth starter until a little while after that. Chris Sale will not be an option to replace Peavy in the rotation -- Phil Humber, Lucas Harrell, Jeff Gray and Charlie Leesman have been noted as options to pitch in the fifth spot instead of Peavy.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: February 17, 2011 5:25 pm
 

Sale will spend 2011 in bullpen

Chris Sale Chris Sale will start the season in the bullpen, White Sox general manager Ken Williams said on Thursday.

"Chris Sale is going to be in the bullpen," Williams told reporters, including the Chicago Tribune 's Mark Gonzales . "This is very important because I had to explain this to my coaching staff as well: the reason we had Chris Sale as starter is because that's what he has done his whole life. So if you tell him to prepare differently, you might not see the guy you last saw in September.

"We want him to prepare as he did so we can expect the same guy to show up. That means using all of his pitchers and building him up as a starter. He has shown he can transfer that to a relief role."

There had been a belief that Sale could start the season as a starter until Jake Peavy is ready. Now, Phil Humber, Lucas Harrell, Jeff Gray and Charlie Leesman will compete for the temporary fifth starter's spot until Peavy's ready.

Peavy threw a bullpen session on Thursday and said it was "just what I expected, because I've been on the mound before. Just nice and easy. Nothing too much. Just a side session."

Sale was drafted last season out of Florida Gulf Coast University and debuted on Aug. 6 against the Orioles. He pitched in 21 games for the White Sox, going 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA and four saves in 23 1/3 innings pitch. He struck out 32 and walked 10.

Despite making the majors as a reliever and spending this season as a reliever, the White Sox still believe he'll be a starter long-term.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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