Less than a month since coming off the disabled list, Jake Peavy has no intentions of easing himself back into the mix for the Chicago White Sox.
The right-hander looks for his third win in eight days Thursday when the White Sox conclude their series with the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
Peavy (4-1, 4.23 ERA) allowed three runs in 5 1-3 innings to beat the Cubs on June 22 in his first start since missing two weeks with a groin injury. Three days later, manager Ozzie Guillen turned to Peavy after John Danks left in the second inning Saturday against Washington with an oblique strain.
Peavy gave up one hit in four scoreless innings of the 3-0 victory over the Nationals. It was his first relief appearance since 2000, while pitching in San Diego's farm system.
"I knew I could just take my tank to empty," Peavy told the White Sox official website. "When you start a game, you kind of feel your way through it and you pace yourself. It's a completely different mindset coming out of the bullpen, and I enjoyed it."
The White Sox hope Peavy is rejuvenated enough to improve on a 4-6 record with 3.81 ERA in 17 career starts versus Colorado. Though he has not faced the Rockies since 2008, Peavy is 0-4 with a 4.29 ERA in nine starts against them since winning at Coors Field on Sept. 21, 2005.
He will try to help Chicago (39-42) to a series win after a 3-2 victory Wednesday. Paul Konerko had two hits with an RBI and A.J. Pierzynski drove home two runs, including the winner on a sacrifice fly in the ninth to help the White Sox bounce back from a 3-2, 13-inning defeat Tuesday.
Though Konerko was 3 for 20 his previous five games, he's batting .392 with 11 homers and 24 RBIs his last 26. After not playing the first two games, struggling slugger Adam Dunn is expected to be Chicago's lineup Thursday. Dunn is batting .173 with seven homers, 29 RBIs and a major league-high 100 strikeouts. He's fanned 16 times during his current 2-for-25 slump.
Dunn has hit .267 with one home run against scheduled Colorado starter Aaron Cook (0-3, 5.48).
The right-hander looks to bounce back after he allowed six runs and 12 hits in 5 2-3 innings of an 8-3 loss at Yankee Stadium on Saturday in his fourth start since opening the year on the DL with a broken hand.
"It's been frustrating because I feel really good," Cook told the Rockies' official website. "I'm not getting results right now. I've got to go back to the drawing board."
Cook allowed three runs in six innings of a 5-3 win at Chicago in his only previous start against the White Sox on June 15, 2008.
Carlos Gonzalez had three hits and Ty Wigginton hit his 13th homer Wednesday as the Rockies (39-41) lost for the fifth time in seven games. They've averaged 3.1 runs during that stretch.
"It's frustrating, obviously, because we need every win we can get, but you can't do anything to change it so turn the page and try to win the series (Thursday)," Wednesday's loser Huston Street said.
Despite Colorado's overall offensive struggles, Gonzalez is 7 for 13 the last three games, and Wigginton has hit .310 with six homers and 10 RBIs in his last seven.
Wigginton, however, is 4 for 20 against Peavy.