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White Sox might give Peavy an early vacation

The Sports Xchange

It now sounds as of the White Sox are weighing the idea of shutting down starting pitcher Jake Peavy for the rest of the season.

While talking on his weekly radio segment Thursday morning, pitching coach Don Cooper admitted that the idea of ending Peavy's season a month early will be discussed, especially after the veteran allowed six runs in the first inning of Wednesday's loss to the Twins, and had nothing working from the first pitch on.

Peavy ended up pitching five innings, and was pulled after 93 pitches, but his fastball had nothing on it.

"That first inning was unbelievable," said Peavy, who not only admitted that he didn't have much, but even pointed a finger at the way the ball was carrying toward left field as much as it did. Specifically, he seemed shocked by Jason Kubel's first-inning homer.

"I had good enough stuff today to compete. 'That ball to Kubel, he put his head down and was upset at himself. If I get him out, the strikeout to (Danny) Valencia is the third out. Two runs score, and we have a chance to win the game."

But it almost sounded like a pitcher trying to fool himself.

"Jake was not good, at all," Cooper said on the air. "He's now had a few bad ones, and we really have to consider shutting him down. The problem is we're still in a pennant race."

Since a June 25 relief appearance against the Nationals, Peavy is 2-6 with a 5.78 ERA.

Cooper said Peavy might have come back way to early from the torn right lat surgery he had last July. The timetable was supposed to be 12 to 18 months, but Peavy showed up in spring camp and started pitching with the normal groups. He has been on the disabled list twice, but the right lat has held.

With Thursday a day off, the hope was to get him an extra day of rest anyway, but they will make a decision this weekend in Detroit.

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