Tag:Jake Peavy
Posted on: May 11, 2011 5:33 pm
Edited on: May 11, 2011 5:36 pm

On Deck: David Price, AL-best Indians battle

On Deck

By Evan Brunell

BEST GAME: Plenty of storylines here. The Indians will see the return of Carlos Carrasco to the rotation, as he returns to a 4.97 ERA in five starts and will battle the surging Indians who still haven't made believers out of anyone -- and now that Grady Sizemore just might be hobbled by yet another injury, who knows where the Indians will go from here? David Price is hoping that Cleveland can only go down despite going 7-3 in its last 10 games as Price chases his fifth win on the backing of his 3.26 ERA. Rays at Indians, 7:05 p.m. ET (Watch iive)

PEAVY'S BACK: Jake Peavy will make his season debut as the White Sox look to avoid going 14-24 against the Angels, who will counter with rookie Tyler Chatwood. Chatwoord is actually an intriguing rookie, but it's clear that he's not quite ready for prime time yet and the suddenly surging Chicago offense could be in for a big day. Meanwhile, Peavy will hope that his unique surgery keeps him on the mound for the rest of the season. Peavy's last rehab start came Thursday for Triple-A when he coughed up five runs in seven innings (all the runs scoring in the third), but tossed 71 of 100 pitches for strikes. White Sox at Angels, 10:05 p.m. ET (Watch live)

ONE MUST GO UP, ONE MUST GO DOWN: OK, so not necessarily, but probably. Hiroki Kuroda and Paul Maholm will do battle with strikingly similar ERAs, which gets less and less rare the later the season goes on. Kuroda is 3-3 with a 3.69 ERA and Maholm 1-4 with a 3.68 mark. The Pirates are hoping to get back over .500 after losing their one-game edge Tuesday night in a Dodgers rout. Meanwhile, L.A. needs a win to pull within two of .500. Maholm has a hill to climb, as he's never beaten the Dodgers and hosts a career 5.65 ERA in seven starts. Dodgers at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. ET (Watch live)

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Posted on: May 10, 2011 10:25 pm
Edited on: May 12, 2011 6:46 pm

Peavy's return highlights new surgery procedure


By Evan Brunell

Jake Peavy is set to make his first major-league start on Wednesday since July 6, when he had to leave the game after 1 1/3 innings with a torn latissimus dorsi muscle. Peavy's return will be very interesting to track, as torn lats are not only the most common career-ending injury for pitchers, but the surgery used to mend the shoulder is rife with issues. Usually, an all-arthroscopic (and therefore, less invasive) procedure called a SLAP repair reattaches the labrum, the outer rim of the shoulder socket, back to the shoulder socket using anchors.

Peavy underwent surgery a week later, but deviated from the common method of surgery that is so commonly used with labrum/lat tears. Instead, co-team physician Dr. Anthony Romeo went a different route.

"One-third of players still have shoulder pain after their operations," Romeo said in a press release in July 2010 by his office, the Shoulder & Elbow Resource Center. "Others never get back their fastball or endurance."

That caused Romeo to look for a better way to repair the labrum and believes he may have found such a solution. "A superior labral or SLAP tear often involves the biceps tendon which attaches in the same area," Romeo said. "If the capsule injury and the biceps attachment and the fibrous tissue area around it are not fixed or repaired along with the labral tear, the pitchers will still have pain."

If the biceps tendon is affected by the tear, which it usually is, Romeo contends that the tendon should be repositioned outside the shoulder where the tendon can heal itself. As mentioned, college pitchers have undergone this surgery successfully, as well as recently retired quarterback Brett Favre, who catapulted himself to an All-Pro season at age 40 in some part to the new procedure.

So why hasn't it become the new norm?

My approach has been held back because some are concerned that moving the biceps will affect the throwing shoulder and the ability to throw a major league fastball. But they’ve lost so many pitchers, [MLB has] given us a [$50,000] grant to find out more about whether also repairing the biceps will affect a pitcher’s performance. Using the new grant funds, researchers are studying precisely how Dr. Romeo’s approach affects the shoulder’s biomechanics. Surgeons will arthroscopically operate on 36 cadaver shoulder joints. After each procedure, they’ll measure the joint’s range of motion, rotation, and stability. The goal is to compare the biomechanical effects of doing a labral repair with and without performing a biceps repair as well.

If we find out those biomechanics don’t change, reassured league owners could make operating on the biceps a standard addition to common labral surgery, especially if the original surgery results in a persistently painful shoulder. Understanding the role of the biceps tendon may end decades of standard treatment for throwers for MLB pitchers and that’s why the owners are so interested in this study.”

What’s at stake are the current and future careers of many major league pitchers, especially the mature pitchers in their 30s and 40s.

Mark Prior was once such pitcher that underwent labrum surgery, along with ex-teammate Kerry Wood. Imagine, then, if Romeo's surgery had been performed on these pitchers. Would the Cubs still have a devastating rotation with Wood and Prior along with Carlos Zambrano and Ryan Dempster? The Cubs will forever be left to dream of what could have been. Pedro Martinez, too, underwent labrum surgery at the end of 2006 after struggling through his second season with the Mets. Could Petey have continued a successful career instead of struggling though three more ineffective and injury-shortened years with Romeo's solution?

If Jake Peavy can return to the majors and pitch successfully, it will go a long way toward making additional pitchers and team owners more comfortable with the procedure. Peavy represents quite an interesting case and success could change baseball the way Tommy John surgery did. No longer will those with torn labrums or lats have their careers come to an end, which will improve the quality of pitchers on the field and could push the game even more away from offense.

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Special thanks to Fangraphs for pointing out the press release. 

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Posted on: May 5, 2011 9:44 pm

Peavy ready to return to rotation

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Jake PeavyIt looks as if Jake Peavy will be ready to pitch for the White Sox on May 11 after throwing 100 pitches in seven innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday.

Peavy threw six perfect innings, but also gave up five runs in the third, before setting down to the last 13 batters he faced.

"I got out of it OK. I got some upside, I would hope," Peavy told Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune. "I feel good, as healthy as I have through the whole process. Throwing 100 pitches and getting up and down seven times was good and we got a lot of work in.

"It was a good night overall."

In the five-run third, Toledo hit for the cycle against Peavy, with Ryan Strieby hitting the homer and recently demoted Will Rhymes notching the triple.

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Posted on: May 4, 2011 10:44 am
Edited on: May 4, 2011 2:49 pm

Pepper: Phillies symbol of Latin transformation

By Evan Brunell

LATIN Phillies: When Orioles third base coach Juan Samuel played for the Phillies in the late 80s, he was lucky if he had one teammate of fellow Latin descent. There were years when he was the lone one. Those were the memories Samuel recalled all these years later, even as Philadelphia has changed its fortunes with eight Latin representatives on the active roster.

"When I came to spring training, I'm like, 'We have our own little neighborhood over here,' " Samuel said earlier in the season. "I was joking with Danys Baez and Carlos Ruiz in spring training. I called that end of the clubhouse the barrio. 'Let me go to the barrio and talk to the guys.' "

Most of that increase comes with the explosion in the game of Latin players, which has increased the level of talent and given these players more teammates to identify with. That's important to these players.

"Every organization has a signed a lot of players from Venezuela, Panama, Dominican Republic, Cuba, everywhere," reliever Danys Baez said. "So most of the time there are a lot of guys to talk to and share experiences from when you were a younger age.

"It's very important. Sometimes it's good even when you're supposed to talk in English. When you're learning, it's important to have somebody to talk to. Again, you can tell them about how it was when you were younger and how things were in your country. What it's like. Because every [Latin] country is different. So it's good to have somebody to share that kind of experience with."

The increasing globalization of the game is a good thing. Hispanic players now are a healthy percentage, but there is still much work to be done. Japanese players are coming to the states with increasing frequency, but the decline of African-Americans is concerning. MLB is to be commended for its efforts so far to reverse that trend, though, and are also making significant in-roads in European markets. (Philadelphia Daily News)

WHIZ KID: Growing up a Red Sox fan, I'm not a fan of Sports Illustrated covers because of its featuring of Nomar Garciaparra in the famous (at least, it's famous locally) "A Cut Above" cover; that cover ran around the time Nomar's career took a permanent turn for the worse after being hit by a pitch on the wrist. SI also predicted a World Series victory in 2000 for Boston with yet another cover... except it would take four more years for that ring. (And yes, I remember both covers well.) Ah, the Sports Illustrated jinx... well, anyways, SI.com is touting Starlin Castro on its next cover. Manager Mike Quade was quick to speculate on whether the dreaded jinx applied to Castro.

"How many do you have to deal with?" Quade said. "You have the sophomore [jinx], the S.I. [jinx]. If there's two jinxes, do they cancel each other out?" (MLB.com)

HEART-ATTACK ROBBERY: This is a disgusting story to write, but here goes: in early April, a Pirates usher was found dead in the middle of the street with only a superficial head injury. Turns out he was suffering a heart attack in the car. Along comes a 17-year-old who pulled the usher out of his car -- not to help, but to rob him of his wallet and car, leave the usher dying in the street. That 17-year-old was just arrested for the robbery, although he will not be charged with homicide. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

EMPTY SEATS: Low attendance is starting to scare some in the game, and several St. Louis reporters write about what the 3 percent dropoff at Busch Stadium thus far might mean. Here's the thing: it's just too early. Once school comes out and the weather warms up, one will be able to better evaluate the numbers. It seems as if every April we have this discussion, although gas prices and a housing market that many predict has hit rock-bottom may prove a tipping point. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

SIX-MAN ROTATION: Rotations these days are growing, even if there isn't any clear evidence that a five-man rotation is any better than a fourth. The White Sox may try their hand at a six-man rotation when Jake Peavy returns, both to ease him back into game action and to keep an impressive Phil Humber in the rotation. (Chicago Tribune)

BANGED-UP Twins: The Twins placed DH Jim Thome on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday night and recalled shortstop Trevor Plouffe, who will handle short until Tsuyoshi Nishioka returns. Incumbent shortstop Alexi Casilla is being shifted to second where he indicates he is more comfortable. But it doesn't stop there -- manager Ron Gardenhire said that outfielder Jason Repko is probably headed to the DL with Ben Revere being recalled. (Star Tribune)

BELT'S BACK: Or rather, he will be eventually. Belt is tearing up Triple-A and with the injuries the Giants have been hit with lately, Belt could be back in the majors sooner rather than later. The only problem is who the team kicks off the squad in the outfield -- Nate Schierholtz is already going to be dumped for Andres Torres once Torres returns from the DL. It's too bad Belt can't play shortstop.

LIFE IN SEATTLE: The Mariners were 4-11 before embarking on a 5-1 streak that ended with a loss Sunday to the Red Sox, but there's life in Seattle once more. Peter Gammons has more. (MLB.com)

RETURNING MARINERS: Life in Seattle will only get better once the team is back at full strength. The nearing return of closer David Aardsma and progress of center fielder Franklin Gutierrez, then, are things to be celebrated. (Seattle Times)

PAY ATTENTION: The Royals are stepping up warning fans of the danger of batted balls and bats after a four-year-old suffered a fractured skull after being hit with a foul ball. There's some discussion in the article of expanding the netting behind home plate all the way to the foul poles. Sounds awful, right? Is it more awful than a four-year-old's shattered skull? (Kansas City Star)

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Posted on: May 1, 2011 1:43 am
Edited on: May 1, 2011 1:51 am

3 up, 3 down: Shields, Halladay baffle batters


By Evan Brunell

3 UP

James Shields, Rays -- Shields delivered a dominating performance and may be on the way back towards being an ace. However, Shields is an inconsistent player, so we'll have to see how he performs more. Still, he twirled a beautiful start against the Angels, going eight strong with an eyebrow-raising 12 strikeouts against one walk, six hits and an earned run. He combined to strike out the first three batters of the game six times, holding them to 1 for 13 with a walk. This game pushes Shields' ERA down to 2.14.

Roy Halladay, Phillies -- What else do you expect? Halladay rivaled Shields for best pitching performance as he pitched a complete game seven-hitter, allowing a walk and punching eight out. The Mets -- especially Jason Bay in an 0-for-4 night with three whiffs -- were helpless as Philly squeaked out a 2-1 victory. That offense is starting to run a little cold in Philadelphia, who were lifted by reserve outfielder John Mayberry Jr.'s first home run of the year plus a sac fly by Placido Polanco. Carlos Beltran did have two hits, continuing a nice return from knee problems.

Michael Brantley, Indians -- The league's best hitting performance that also directly won the game for Cleveland by Brantley, who sparked the team to victory by first tying the game at two-all in the sixth by ripping a solo home run and then scoring the winning run on an Orlando Cabrera single. All in all, the leadoff man who was playing center as Grady Sizemore took a breather, stepped up to the plate with a 3-for-6 night (so did Cabrera), scoring those two runs and driving in himself on the homer to edge the Tigers 3-2. Top Indians pitching prospect Alex White got throw his start by throwing six innings and allowing just two runs despite coughing up four walks and six hits -- two home runs -- and whiffing four.


Matt Thornton, White Sox -- Ozzie Guillen must be furious. In his house, that is, as he was suspended two games for his comments about the umpiring earlier in the week and then tweeting about it. Matt Thornton was called in by bench coach Joey Cora to keep the ChiSox in the game as they trailed 2-1 in the eighth. Phil Humber had a two-run, seven-inning start, calling into question whether he should be demoted when Jake Peavy returns. Against the Orioles, Thornton went as such: single, stolen base, strikeout plus Pierzynski error allowing a run to score and batter to reach, single, wild pitch, walk, infield RBI single, sacrifice fly, and -- that was it for Thornton as Jerry Gray sandwiched two outs around a hit by pitch. Not a good day at the park for Chicago's closer at the beginning of the season who has already lost his job.

Red Sox offense -- What can the Red Sox offense do for you? Well, it can mount a seven-hit attack on Doug Fister, walk six times, and ... leave 11 men on base in a 2-0 defeat. Awesome. David Ortiz want 0-for-4 with two whiffs, coming up in a key situation that could have changed the complexion of the game. The Red Sox left the bases loaded in the first (yes, really) and fourth, with Jacoby Ellsbury ending the threat in the fourth by getting doubled off second in a mistake. Oh, and no Mariners game is complete without a Milton Bradley ejection. The mercurial outfielder delivered a RBI double in the second to send Seattle up 1-0 then argued with the second base umpire about a play in which Miguel Olivo grounded to first and got the heave-ho. Skipper Eric Wedge was in the process of leaving the field after mounting his own complaint, but he didn't get tossed.

Kyle Drabek, Blue Jays -- Drabek got a little lesson in humility Saturday night, lasting just 2 1/3 innings. Drabek has been a bit up and down in his first full major-league season, but was still doing decently enough. Now his ERA rests at 4.45 after giving up five runs on seven hits, four walks and four strikeouts against the Yankees. He was dinked to death, but those runs count and can be even more deflating than a single big blow. You can attribute giving up a grand slam to one misplaced pitch, but you can't justify any of your stuff when everything is being rifled. Oddly enough, no Yank had more than one hit, but everyone did sans Derek Jeter (all together: when will he be demoted to No. 8 in the lineup? -- hey, look a reunion of the top two in the order from last season... at the bottom).

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Posted on: April 30, 2011 10:22 am

Peavy tosses rehab start, looks ahead to majors

By Evan Brunell

PeavyAt this point in Jake Peavy's career, any type of progress on rehab assignments is notable.

Peavy tossed 5 2/3 innings for the White Sox's Triple-A affiliate Friday, giving up three runs and seven hits. He flashed his control by walking none and whiffed eight, which is a great barometer for his readiness.

"I gave up a few runs, a two-run homer late, but I made a lot of good pitches," Peavy told MLB.com. "I couldn't feel any better stuff-wise. I thought I was much better than I've been in the past. I feel better than I have in quite some time."

Peavy, who has been out with rotator cuff tendinitis, will pitch Wednesday for Double-A as the Triple-A club has an off day. The aim will be to throw 100 pitches in that outing, then evaluate his readiness for the majors. Barring any unexpected surprises (and with Peavy, nothing's unexpected), he should be able to rejoin Chicago's rotation.

That will represent an interesting issue for the 10-17 White Sox, who are scrapping to stay out of the cellar. Peavy's replacement in the rotation, Phil Humber, has pitched well, with 3.20 ERA in 35 innings. He's represented yet another success story for pitching guru Don Cooper, although it's too early to anoint Humber a legitimate pitcher. Meanwhile, Edwin Jackson has been the worst of the five pitchers with a 5.86 ERA.

It's difficult to imagine Jackson being bumped from the rotation, though, and the trio of Mark Buehrle, Gavin Floyd and John Danks aren't going anywhere.

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Posted on: April 22, 2011 6:12 pm

Peavy progressing, bullpen coming Sunday

By Matt Snyder

Jake Peavy played catch Friday, the first time since he had a rehab outing cut short earlier this week, and reported that he felt "normal." Of course, that was with a nice-sized dose of Medrol in his shoulder area.

Still, he played catch from about 70 feet apart and felt ready to plan a tentative bullpen session for Sunday.

"A telltale sign will be when I get on the mound and try to let something go and make sure everything is settled in there and we got no problems and go out on rehab after that," he said. (Chicago Tribune )

No firm plans will be made on Peavy's rehab path until after the Sunday bullpen session, but if he gets through that well, he could resume his minor-league rehab stint April 29.

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Posted on: April 19, 2011 4:47 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2011 5:06 pm

Peavy to miss one rehab outing

By Matt Snyder

White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy was forced to leave a rehab start early Monday night with discomfort in his lat muscle. Tuesday, he had an MRI in Chicago, which came up normal. He will miss one rehab start while hoping the "tenderness" and "irritation" in his lat subsides before returning to the hill. In the meantime, he's going to be on anti-inflammatories for a week. (WhiteSox.com via Twitter)

Peavy, 29, will need several minor-league rehab starts before being ready to rejoin the White Sox rotation, so it's going to be at least a few weeks before they can think about having him back. He's returning from a shoulder injury, so the lat issue -- which is the muscle in the upper part of the ribcage on the back -- seems to be unrelated.

When healthy, Peavy is a very solid starting pitcher, capable of anchoring a rotation. Of course, he's only made 33 starts in the past two seasons due to injury woes. The last time he made more than 30 starts was in 2007 -- when he won the NL Cy Young with a 19-6 record and 2.54 ERA with 240 strikeouts. He's 10-6 with a 4.11 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 111 strikeouts in 20 starts for the White Sox.

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