Finally, the White Sox came out before Monday's 8-0 win over the Angels and confirmed their worst-kept secret.
Jake Peavy will make his major league season debut Wednesday against the Angels in Anaheim, manager Ozzie Guillen announced.
The veteran pitcher last pitched for the White Sox in July, and he had to leave the game after he tore his right lat muscle from the bone. He had season-ending surgery, and the hope was he could be ready near the start of the season. Peavy came into spring camp and looked great, working with the first group on drills, but then in the middle of spring he developed tendinitis in his right rotator cuff. After several minor league starts in April, Peavy then developed inflammation in the right lat area, so the Sox shut him down for a week and slowed down his return.
That wait is now over, after Guillen talked it over with pitching coach Don Cooper and general manager Ken Williams.
"He's going Wednesday, and hopefully he stays there for good," Guillen said.
The timing couldn't be better for the former Cy Young Award winner, especially with the Sox riding a season-high three-game winning streak.
Peavy is 10-6 with a 4.11 ERA since coming over in a trade with San Diego during the 2009 season, and he has been on the shelf much more than on the mound.
Guillen did warn that just because Peavy is back, though, doesn't mean the right-hander is completely in the clear. Guillen said the club would keep a close watch on Peavy.
"You always worry, I worry about anyone who goes on the field, but Jake, of course," Guillen said. "This guy has been working so hard and put a lot of hours and rehab. I'd love to see him pitch because that's the only reward he's going to get.
"Since last year, he's been checking doctors and rehab and the bullpens and minor league games. He went through everything, and I bet you he can't wait to pitch and stay here and help us every five to seven days. I don't think nobody else wants to be out there more than him because I think he's tired of rehabbing and rehab assignments."
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