Jake Peavy's injury is so rare, people don't know what to expect in his rehabilitation from a detached latissimus dorsi muscle near his right shoulder.
The right-hander went under the knife in July and is only now just getting around to tossing the ball. Peavy tells the Chicago Tribune that he plans to start lightly throwing, a step not without its risks.
"I'm feeling as good as I think I can at this point," Peavy said. "I'm still trying to regain my strength. [That] has been the toughest part for me."
Peavy is hoping to begin throwing off a mound January and be at full strength to give the White Sox a full season. He was unable to do so in 2010, making just 17 starts with a 4.63 ERA. In 2009, he split the year between the ChiSox and Padres, making 16 starts. The year before, he clocked in at 27 after three straight years of at least 30 starts and 200 innings pitched. He has only reached 30-plus starts one other time in his career, that being his first full season in 2003.
While Peavy could be ready for Opening Day, there is no confusion that it may take him much, much longer to return. The White Sox already have four starters in the fold, but would need a fifth without Peavy. Chicago plans to make first-round pick Chris Sale a starter after promoting him to the majors as a reliever. The club could also bring in a veteran to soak up innings in the outset until Sale or Peavy is ready.
Peavy is due $33 million over the next two years with a $22 million club option. If he hopes to see that option exercised, the 29-year-old will need to revert to Cy Young form the next two seasons.
-- Evan Brunell
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