Finally, the White Sox have a tentative date on when they will have their ace back.
After Jake Peavy threw 100 pitches in seven innings during a rehab start Thursday for Class AAA Charlotte, he rejoined the major league team in Seattle for a checkup. The team confirmed that the inflammation in his surgically repaired right lat and his rotator cuff tendinitis were in the rearview mirror.
The next step will be a side session over the weekend, and unless there is an unforeseen setback, Peavy will get the starting nod for Wednesday's game against the Angels.
"We'll have a sideline and see," pitching coach Don Cooper said. "Nothing is definite. We haven't sat down and spoke about it, but it looks good for the 11th (of May)."
It seems as if the Sox have more difficult decisions to make on who comes out of the rotation if Peavy is ready to go by Wednesday. Phil Humber again looked great Friday night against the Mariners, but Mark Buehrle, John Danks, Gavin Floyd and Edwin Jackson are all established, veteran starters who wouldn't take the news of a demotion to the bullpen -- short-term or not -- very well.
Of those four, Jackson has struggled the most, posting a 2-4 record with a 4.98 ERA.
The other option that manager Ozzie Guillen, as well as general manager Ken Williams, have been kicking around the last week would be a sort of six-man rotation. It wouldn't be a pure six-man rotation, but they would sprinkle Humber in now and then to give guys like Peavy and Buehrle an extra day of rest. Between starts, Humber would then work out of the bullpen as a long reliever to stay sharp.
"We'll figure all that out," Cooper said. "Nobody is out. Who knows? We got some off days there. We might give some guys extra rest here and there, but nobody is out. We haven't gotten that far."
If Peavy holds up, the Sox will at least have a bargaining chip come July, with both Buehrle and Jackson in the final year of their contracts. Either way, having too many starters is never a problem.
"I'd love to see Jake on the mound for us," Guillen said before the White Sox's 3-2 loss to the Mariners. "The thing is, I don't want him to be the hero. ... When Jake is fine, we will be very glad to have him here, but we're going to wait to see how he throws on the side."
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