Veteran White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy will be shut down for the next four to six weeks after an MRI revealed a non-displaced rib fracture on his left side, the team announced on Wednesday. The only course of treatment for such an injury is rest. Given the length of his recovery period, a minor-league rehab assignment will likely be necessary. As such, Peavy could be sidelined upwards of two months.
Peavy sustained the injury during Tuesday's start against the Mariners, when he was forced to exit the game in the third inning. This will mark the seventh time in his career that Peavy has been placed on the disabled list.
The 32-year-old Peavy has pitched to a 4.30 ERA this season in 67 innings. Last season, he was named to the AL All-Star team and logged an ERA+ of 128 across 219 innings -- Peavy's highest workload since his Cy Young-winning season of 2007 with San Diego.
Left-hander Hector Santiago (3.35 ERA in 45 2/3 innings this season) is likely to take Peavy's spot in the Chicago rotation.