Three days after throwing a 72-pitch rehab start for Class AA Birmingham, the Sox wanted an up close and personal look at Peavy, having him throw a 32-pitch bullpen session hours before the eventual 2-1 loss to Oakland. Peavy has been rehabbing from surgery to reattach his right lat muscle, followed by rotator cuff tendinitis that developed this spring.
His next start will be for Class AAA Charlotte on Wednesday, and the plan now is for another rehab start for Birmingham on April 18.
"I can tell you guys I really do feel almost completely normal," Peavy said. "There is nothing but general soreness. There is no pain, no discomfort areas that should be. I feel the lat has began that healing process and has healed up enough to let me start and like I said, I feel quite a bit better.
"We tried to push the envelope in spring training and make the club. My body shut it down and obviously it spoke for itself. But with a little time off and little bit slower of a climb, with some medication, it certainly responded. I just hope I'm able to continue this during the season."
The Sox are still penciling in April 23 in Detroit as a possibility for Peavy's return, but that is if he continues to climb and there are no setbacks.
"I've just got to make sure when I get back here, I'm just a normal guy and can throw six, seven, eight innings with 100-plus pitches," Peavy said. "Like I said at that point in time, (GM) Kenny (Williams), (pitching coach Don Cooper) and those guys will make that decision."
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