Tag:Jake Peavy
Posted on: June 17, 2011 1:52 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 4:53 pm

Jake Peavy could end up pitching in relief

By Evan Brunell

PeavyJake Peavy could end up pitching in relief if he is unable to stay healthy, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Peavy has offered to pitch in relief for the White Sox, a notion that pitching coach Don Cooper shot down at the time. However, Cooper seems to have rethought that strategy, although Peavy will continue on his path as a starter as he nears a return to the bigs, perhaps as soon as next week.

‘‘If you can keep him healthy that way, I think you can (use him as a reliever),’’ Cooper said. ‘‘It’s less of a workload.’’

Peavy threw six scoreless innings on Thursday in Triple-A in his minor-league rehab start. He allowed two hits and struck out nine with no walks, indicating he's ready for activation. However, Peavy has constantly been injured over the last few seasons, and if an injury was to derail his year yet again, you could see a shift into the bullpen.

The White Sox went to a six-man rotation when Peavy was originally activated off the disabled list earlier this season. When he returns, they are expected to go back to a six-man rotation, although not for long.

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Posted on: June 14, 2011 7:16 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 7:28 pm

Peavy ready for rehab, volunteers for bullpen

By Matt Snyder

White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy threw a bullpen session and also went through a few fielding drills Tuesday night at Target Field. His injured right groin is evidently feeling pretty good, because he's going out on a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday. He'll throw for Triple-A Charlotte and is slated for six innings and 90 pitches.

After an outing like that, assuming no setbacks, Peavy should be ready to return to the White Sox rotation.

Of course, Peavy wanted the team to know he's not ready to ruffle any feathers. The White Sox have five guys in the starting rotation as things currently stand, so either someone would have to be demoted or they'd have to go back to a six-man rotation when Peavy's back.

"If I need to go to the bullpen to help out there, we got five starters doing their thing," Peavy said (Chicago Tribune). "I certainly think I can be a leader in the rotation as well and be as good as these guys have been. But I’ll do whatever it takes because there is no weak link right now on the team."

Peavy went on to say he thinks he could help the team either from the bullpen or as the member of a six-man rotation. Simply put, he's just being a good teammate and letting the organization know he's not averse to doing anything that will help the team. It doesn't mean they'd put Peavy in the bullpen.

Manager Ozzie Guillen said he was going to get together with pitching coach Don Cooper and figure out the plan of attack. The best guess is they go back to the six-man rotation.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 11, 2011 7:18 pm

Peavy will have to make rehab assignment

PeavyBy Evan Brunell

Jake Peavy, who hit the disabled list with a strained groin after coming off from an extended absence and making five starts, isn't pleased about heading out on yet another rehab start.

‘‘I begged to get out of a Charlotte trip,’’ Peavy, told the Chicago Sun-Times. ‘‘But [White Sox GM Kenny Williams] said, ‘You won’t go at the same speed in a bullpen session as you would in a game. I want you to have to cover first. I want you to exert the same energy at Charlotte before I activate you.’ ­Kenny’s the boss.’’

Peavy will undergo a MRI on his groin strain Monday before being cleared for duty, at which point he will have to report to Charlotte. He's been limited to throwing while sitting in the trainer's room since suffering the injuy June 5, so has been dormant for a while.

‘‘We just want to keep the arm in shape, but they don’t want me using the legs at all,’’ Peavy said. ‘‘I don’t want to take too much time [off] because the arm gets out of shape.’’

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Posted on: June 7, 2011 7:32 pm

Peavy to DL with groin strain

By Matt Snyder

A short statement that is becoming all too familiar for baseball writers is "Jake Peavy is headed to the disabled list." Unfortunately, we have to go there again. This time around, Peavy is going to be shelved with a strained groin muscle. The White Sox pitcher said he felt something in his May 30 start, yet still took the ball June 5 in an attempt to battle through the issue. He still has no regrets.

"Let me tell you something: If guys didn’t go out on the field because of something nagging, you wouldn’t be able to put nine guys out there tonight," Peavy said (Chicago Tribune). "You wouldn’t be able to put together a team. There are plenty of guys, as you see in the lineup, fighting with something and have been in there with me getting treatment and just trying to weather the storm. We certainly treated it, and some stuff goes the wrong way and you just push.

There's no doubting Peavy's a bulldog, so don't confuse the constant injuries as a lack of toughness. In fact, he reportedly plead with team doctors and management to not place him on the disabled list, but finally relented.

"They just said if I let it linger or get it worse, it can turn into something obviously bad that would cause me to miss major time," Peavy said. "We knock it in the head and give it a couple weeks and get back out with the boys and try to make a difference. No doubt, we’re gaining ground. We’re making strikes in the right direction."

Peavy is going to miss at least two starts, but the White Sox rotation won't be affected in a big way. They were going with a six-man rotation, so removing Peavy just puts them back to a traditional five.

Peavy is a two-time All Star and won the 2007 NL Cy Young, but he's been badly hampered by injuries since then. He made 16 starts in 2009, 17 last season and has made only five this season. He's 2-1 with a 4.66 ERA and 0.97 WHIP. We've seen glimpses of the old Peavy at times this season, specifically a three-hit shutout on May 18 against the Indians. That began a three-start span where he was 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA and only one walk in 19 innings.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 7, 2011 9:10 am
Edited on: June 7, 2011 10:55 am

Pepper: Royals hope to shake Pujols curse

By C. Trent Rosecrans

BASEBALL TODAY -- CBSSports.com senior writer Scott Miller, with his belly full of Kansas City barbecue, joins Lauren Shehadi to talk about the Red Sox and Yankees, as well as Dan Haren, Ubaldo Jimenez and more.

HOMETOWN BOY STAYS -- One of the more interesting picks in the first round of the draft last night was the Royals taking Bubba Starling with the fifth pick overall. Conventional wisdom going into the draft was the team would take a college arm to help supplement its incoming wave of talent. However, the team went with Starling, the top athlete in the draft. 

Don't discount the Albert Pujols factor here. Since 2001, Royals fans and others have been asking how the Royals could have missed on Albert Pujols, who went to high school and junior college in Kansas City (don't mind the fact everyone missed on Pujols, who wasn't drafted until the 13th round of the 1999 draft.) With Starling coming out of nearby Gardner, Kan., the Royals won't have to hear that criticism if Starling lives up to his potential.

BRUIN BONANZA -- UCLA baseball coach John Savage said he knew from the day Gerrit Cole stepped on campus that he'd likely be the No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft. (UCLABruins.com)

Mets MAIN MAN -- Although he's best-known as the stat geek from Moneyball, the Mets' Paul DePodesta (who looks nothing like Jonah Hill), is the key to the Mets' scouting department. (Newark Star-Ledger)

SORIA'S BACK -- If you missed it, Joakim Soria is back as the Royals' closer, even though Aaron Crow never got a chance to close a game in his eight games as the team's designated closer. (CBSSports.com)

MINDREADER -- In addition to being a columnist, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times is also apparently a mind-reader. The omniscient Cowley says Carlos Zambrano is a liar and really wants out of Chicago (or at least the North side), because Zambrano said he wants to move on from his comments that the way the Cubs are playing is "embarrassing." Even though, to be fair, Zambrano said he wanted to move on before another "embarrassing" loss in Cincinnati.

BLAME GAME -- Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan took credit for Monday's loss, even though he probably doesn't deserve it. (Seattle Times)

MOVING ON UP -- The Indians have promoted former Yankees first baseman Nick Johnson -- to Triple-A. Johnson played two games at Double-A and had one hit in nine plate appearances (with three walks). He's not on Cleveland's 40-man roster, so manager Manny Acta said not to expect him in Cleveland anytime soon. (MLB.com)

A'S SHUFFLE -- A's third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff, hitting just .221. was demoted to Triple-A on Monday. Utility man Adam Rosales was activiated from the 60-day disabled list. Kouzmanoff wasn't just struggling at the plate; he also had nine errors, the second-most in the American League. (MLB.com)

ZIMMERMAN UPDATE -- The Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman played seven innings at Class A Potomac on Monday, but manager Jim Riggleman said it's "unlikely" he will return before Sunday, when the team wraps up an 11-game road trip. (Washington Post)

PEAVY AVOIDS DL -- White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy will miss a start, but isn't expected to go on the disabled list after being diagnosed with a mild strain of his right groin. (Chicago Tribune)

FLASH GORDON -- Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon made his debut last night and his father, former pitcher Tom Gordon, was in the stands to see his son enter the game as a pinch-runner in the ninth inning. Gordon scored the Dodgers' only run. While his father was nicknamed "Flash," the name may be more appropriate for the son, because it describes his blazing speed.

CARTER STARTS TREATMENT -- Hall of Famer Gary Carter began his chemotherapy treatment on Saturday and will begin radiation treatment today. (ESPNNewYork.com)

VENTURA RETURNS -- Former White Sox third baseman Robin Ventura has returned to the organization as a special adviser to player development director Buddy Bell -- that's two pretty good defensive third basemen in the front office. (Chicago Sun-Times)

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Posted on: June 5, 2011 4:17 pm
Edited on: June 5, 2011 4:37 pm

Peavy leaves game with groin injury

By Matt Snyder

White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy left Sunday's game against the Tigers after just four innings. He had a terrible fourth inning, where he gave up three hits and six earned runs -- he entered the inning with a no-hitter going -- but he wasn't pulled due to the performance itself. He apparently injured himself.

Peavy strained his right groin and will be re-evaluated Monday (MLB.com via Twitter).

Losing Peavy would be a blow to the White Sox. Not only have they climbed to within a workable deficit in the AL Central, but Peavy had been throwing the ball very well of late. He worked his way back from a rare surgery -- which reattached his lat to his shoulder -- and was 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA in four starts prior to Sunday.

If there's any silver lining to the injury, it's that the White Sox are set up to absorb the blow. They've been using a six-man rotation since Peavy returned, so if he has to miss any time, they'll just go back to a five-man without having to promote someone from the minors.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: May 19, 2011 2:38 am

3 up, 3 down: Peavy masterful

Jake Peavy

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Jake Peavy, White Sox-- While it seemed like a long time coming, Peavy was the Jake Peavy of old, holding the Indians -- who had scored 31 runs in their last three games -- scoreless, allowing just three hits. Peavy struck out nine and walked none. With Ozzie Guillen understandably having little faith in his bullpen, Peavy finished the game in 111 pitches.

Charlie Morton, Pirates -- The Pirates right-hander notched his second complete-game victory over the Reds on Wednesday and the second shutout of his career on Wednesday night. The Pirates victory snapped Pittsburgh's six-game losing streak and the Reds' five-game winning streak. Morton allowed five hits, striking out five and walking two.

Cody Ross, Giants -- Ross picked up Brian Wilson, who blew a save, by launching a three-run homer in the top of the ninth off of the Dodgers' Lance Cormier. Ross was 2 for 5 with three runs scored in the 8-5 Giants victory.

Daric Barton, Athletics -- Barton is a phenomenal defensive first baseman, or at least he has been. On Wednesday, he notched his sixth error of the season and it was costly. After Delmon Young led off the 10th inning with a single, Alexi Casilla popped up a bunt attempt, but Barton elected to let it drop and try to throw Young out at second. Instead, he threw it past second, moving both runners up. Trevor Plouffe (who had a costly error of his own) hit a sacrifice fly to give Minnesota a 4-3 victory and drop the A's out of first place in the American League West. He also filed out to end the game.

Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays -- Encarnacion has earned the nickname "E5" for his play at third base. Well, that changed for a night, at least, as he was instead "E3" -- committed two of the Jays' five errors in the loss to the Rays. Encarnacion has 10 errors this season, seven at third and three at first. The Blue Jays have just 31 total errors, with Encarnacion making up for nearly a third of them.

Mike Aviles, Jarrod Dyson, Royals -- Both entered the game as pinch runners in the ninth after Eric Hosmer's game-tying homer, and both were picked off by Neftali Feliz before Wilson Betemit struck out looking to end the inning. The Royals lost 5-4 in 11 innings.

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Posted on: May 12, 2011 10:20 am

Pepper: Peavy's encouraging return, young guns

By Matt Snyder

BASEBALL TODAY: See the video above for my takes on Justin Masterson, Zach Britton, Daniel Hudson, the Angels without Kendrys Morales and Jake Peavy's encouraging first start of 2011.

OVERTHINK MUCH? Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner had a theory as to why Derek Jeter was struggling earlier in the season. It's that Jeter was pressing due to feeling the pressure of the upcoming 3,000-hit milestone. "I'm not concerned about Derek," Steinbrenner told the New York Post. "Milestones can be difficult. They can be a big weight on a guy." Oh, yeah, and then this: "He's obviously broken through that and is hitting well now." As if right on cue, Jeter went out and had an 0-6 day Wednesday night. So is he feeling the pressure again? Let's all take a deep breath and realize guys are going to have ups and downs over the course of 162 games. You too, Hal.

FIRST OF MANY: Royals prospect-turned-first baseman Eric Hosmer went yard in Yankee Stadium Wednesday night for the first home run of his very young career. To top things off, he came through with the go-ahead RBI on a sacrifice fly in extra innings. He's sure to see some hills and valleys throughout his rookie season, but thus far he's been really solid. Cling to that .250 batting average if you must, as Hosmer's sporting a .409 on-base percentage and a .909 OPS, which is outstanding.

BACK ON TRACK: Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro started the season absolutely on fire, but then drastically cooled. In fact, he recently had a 12-game stretch where he hit .137 with an abysmal .311 OPS. The Cubs' rivals came to town, Mike Quade dropped Castro in the order and things seem to be back where Starlin likes them. In the past two games, he's 6-8 with a triple, four RBI, three runs and a walk.

MORE HUG-GATE: Wednesday in Pepper we discussed the completely meaningless yet somehow blown out of proportion hug between Albert Pujols and Cubs general manager Jim Hendry. Hendry laughed about the talk that fateful embrace sparked. Pujols offered up his thoughts on the situation Wednesday afternoon. "I figured that would happen, that they would play with it," Pujols said. "At the end, it's not what you do on the field. It's what kind of person you are off the field. That's the kind of relationship you want to build with somebody you respect. He's on the other side. I'm on our side. I just think it's kind of ridiculous. Three writers came and talked to me about that and the contract. "Are you serious? C'mon." (StLtoday.com) Meanwhile, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times says Cubs fans should forget about Pujols for two reasons: 1. He's not signing with the Cubs; 2. They'll be better off in the long-haul for it.

TORRE SETTLING IN: Joe Torre is ready to attend the first owner's meetings in his new role of executive vice president of baseball operations. The first meeting's agenda doesn't appear to have any impact in terms of on-field play, but there is one interesting nugget in this article: Torre's reason to retire from managing was that he couldn't take losing anymore. "It wasn't balanced out by the winning anymore. I hated it," Torre said. "I was more ready not to do what I've been doing for years. When the Commissioner made this job offer to me, I asked him a few times if he thought I could do it. It was the insecurity of not knowing what the job entailed, even though it's baseball-related. But it has been fun and very energizing for me." Good for him. Honestly, he's 70, who needs that kind of day-in, day-out stress at that age anyway? (MLB.com)

I MIGHT BE A SADIST, BUT ... : Grant Brisbee over at SB Nation asked how much money it would take to step into the batter's box and face Aroldis Chapman right now -- keeping in mind that he can hit 105 on the radar gun and has walked nine of the last 14 batters he's faced. The stipulation is that you could wear a helmet but no "Barry Bonds armor." Honestly, I'd give it a go for free just to see what it looked like from there. My biggest issue isn't so much the fear of getting drilled, but the fact that he's left-handed (I'm a lefty and they always had me mentally whipped when I played). Then again, I haven't been hit with a pitch in probably 11 years and never took one more than 90 mph. Maybe I'll take some cash for the fictional at-bat afterall.

CREDIT WHERE DUE: Tigers manager Jim Leyland was going to give slugging first baseman Miguel Cabrera the day off Wednesday to give him a few days off (the Tigers have an off-day Thursday) before a weekend series to rest his sore back. Instead, Cabrera waved him off and insisted on playing. (MLB.com) Keep this in mind whenever you hear people complaining about how the guys only play for the money and don't really care about the results. Sitting down would have had no effect on Cabrera's earnings. Since the complainers like to use real-world examples, compare this to having your boss tell you to take the day off and you insisting on staying at work (yeah, sure you would). Oh, and he had a two-RBI double in the fifth to give the Tigers the lead. They would win 9-7.

IN THE CINCY AREA AND LIKE SMOKED MEATS? The Reds have put in a new restaurant called Mr. Red's Smokehouse, and it will open Friday for the first game of the Reds' series against the Cardinals. On the menu, you'll find smoked ribs, turkey legs, pulled pork and chicken wings -- in addition to rotating specialty items. This weekend's item is "smoked Cardinal" (it's actually quail). Click here for a video tour of the new smokehouse.

HAIL DELAY: Via Big League Stew, here's a video of the hailstorm that caused an hour-plus delay to Tuesday night's Twins-Tigers game in Minnesota. Yes, that is golf-ball sized hail and a good amount of it.

IF YOU CARE ABOUT DYKSTRA: I'm pretty well over him at this point, and have been for years. If you are interested in what's become of Lenny Dykstra's life, according to this interview, by all means click through and read it. Scott Engel of RotoExperts.com got an exclusive interview with Dykstra's limo driver.

HIDE THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN: Roger McDowell's suspension is almost over, as he'll rejoin the Braves Friday and resume his duties as their pitching coach. (MLB.com) I'd encourage fans across America to heckle him and test if those sensitivity classes paid off.

CANADIAN DOLLARS: An interesting discussion here, in that -- as long as the Canadian dollar is valued higher than the American dollar -- players for the Blue Jays are actually earning more money than their contracts dictate, assuming they cash checks in Canada. It's the exact opposite of how it used to be, when players used to get traded to either the Expos or Blue Jays and take a hit. (Slam Sports)

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