The Sox lost their sixth straight game on Tuesday, but the day wasn't all bad, especially as far as Jake Peavy and his health status was concerned.
The veteran pitcher was forced out of his third rehab start on Monday night after just 15 pitches and it looked like the Sox were preparing for a huge setback. An MRI revealed there was only inflammation in his surgically repaired right lat muscle, so the setback is more of a speed bump.
The plan is for Peavy to miss his next scheduled rehab start, take some anti-inflammatories and see where it takes them.
"I was kind of worried last night, but with the news we have, I feel better," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "But in the meanwhile, I stay with the same plan. I wish I can say, 'I will have this guy the next day, one week, two weeks, one month.' I got to wait and go through the process and see what happens."
As far as the April 29 return date that was being circled, the Sox are staying away from the timetable game for now.
"Right now we need our starting pitchers to step up and we need our bullpen to be more consistent," pitching coach Don Cooper said. "We've lost a few games, and the best way to stop a losing streak is for somebody to step up and shut down the other team."
Like he has done throughout the rehab process, Peavy will join the team in Tampa Bay so that he can work with the big-league training staff and be under close watch.
Guillen would love him back sooner than later, but knows he has to move on without him for the time being.
"Nothing against Jake, (but) if you're not here, I don't worry about you," Guillen said. "I didn't worry about Carlos Quentin when he was down there (in the minors rehabbing), (Mark) Teahen. When they say this guy is ready to go, I'll be more than happy to (have him) with the club. ... And the way we're playing, the last guy I worry about going through my mind is Jake."
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