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Peavy continues to progress, getting closer to return

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Jake Peavy won't help the suddenly slumping hitting or the season-long struggles in the bullpen, but the veteran pitcher is looking to bolster a starting rotation that has actually been a team strength for the Sox so far this season.

Peavy was once again in town during the three-game sweep by the Angels over the weekend, allowing team doctors and trainers to evaluate where he is in his rehab program from rotator cuff tendinitis that occurred in spring training. Peavy had surgery last July to reattach a torn right lat, but there was no connection made between the tendinitis and the surgery he underwent.

What came out of his meetings with the team, however, was at least a timetable. If all goes well in his Monday start with Class AA Birmingham -- his third minor-league rehab start -- then he will likely pitch in at least one more outing and look to return to the rotation at home on April 29 against the Orioles.

"I don't know when they'll slot me in," Peavy, who threw a side session on Saturday, explained. "I'm excited to pitch again but (I'm) at ease with the plan. I'm at peace with what they want me to do."

The Sox not only want to see him pitch pain-free between now and that April 29 date, but he also needs to have his pitch count close to the 100-pitch tier. Until now, 75 was the limit for him.

"I want to push it to 100-plus," Peavy said. "That would be like a normal start. I always wanted to get to 110 pitches by the end of spring training in the past."

The good news Peavy gave the team over the weekend was how "normal" he felt.

"Normal is a good word to describe it," Peavy described. "I feel I'm coming out of spring training and starting to get a good feel for my pitches, and stronger. We pushed it a little in spring -- it's no one's fault. We were just anxious.

"I have to give credit to the doctors and (trainer Herm Schneider) and everyone involved. Dr. (Tony) Romeo thought if I came back before July it would be remarkable. It speaks highly to the work they all did."

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