Jake Peavy was back with the White Sox in Tampa Bay on Wednesday, and while the veteran pitcher had to watch them lose their seventh straight game, he also arrived optimistic that he would be back soon to help.
Peavy left his last rehab start for Class AA Birmingham after just 15 pitches on Monday, but an MRI in Chicago on Tuesday showed that the reattached right lat was fine. The discomfort he was experiencing was simply scar tissue, and the hope is it was a minor speed bump in his recovery on the 15-day disabled list.
It was last July that Peavy completely detached the lat muscle from the bone, ending his season.
"Absolutely it was good news, but it's disappointing for me personally," Peavy said. "I felt I wasn't that far away. I was feeling so good. To feel something close to what I felt right before I blew it out at the repair site was the disturbing thing. But everything checked out it's good. There is very little fluid in there. We think it's scar tissue issues that can create (discomfort)."
Peavy was already on a six-day intake of anti-inflammatories, and the plan is to now have him throw Friday in Detroit. He will then throw his regular bullpen session next week, and they will get him a start in the minors by next Thursday if all goes well.
"Structurally, everything is sound," Peavy said. "In spring training, my shoulder was just taxed too much and that was the cause of the setback. This is the first time anything has happened with the lat. When we got the MRI (Tuesday) and it shows this thing is intact and locked down as good as it can look, that is a huge sigh of relief and an allowance to keep going forward."
Peavy's hope now is that once he's able to return, he's there to stay.
"(I'm) not sure what (pitch count) they're going to pull me back to or let me do," Peavy said. "We'll see. I'll be glad when it's all over, I can promise you that."
For now, the Sox will stick with Phil Humber in that spot.
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