“Everyone was raving, but Peavy was happy, but he wasn’t raving to me,” pitching coach Don Cooper said Friday. “We text each other back and forth, and he’s happy with what he did, he’s starting to feel better, but it’s starting to look like he’s going to need at least two more [starts] no matter how you shake it out. It’s par for the course for him to feel so good because he hasn’t been on the mound on a regular basis.”
Peavy, who was acquired from San Diego at the trade deadline, informed the club that he wants to return to the big-league level when he knows he is capable of pitching a complete game.
“He’s got a lot of pride,” one Sox official said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s more like Sept. 3.”
August 14, 2009
what’s happening with Tuesday’s starter?
Guillen said it was still being discussed, but privately it sounds like the decision has been made and it will be “Big Game” Freddy Garcia. The Sun-Times reported on Thursday that Garcia was already saying farewell to his Charlotte teammates, heading to Chicago for the weekend.
“A lot of people recommend Freddy from the minor leagues,” Guillen said. “Is that the guy we’re going to call up? I don’t know yet. Freddy is throwing the ball real good, the ball is coming out of his hand. I think he’s got enough starts, but I’m excited to know exactly what we’re going to do.”
The 22-year-old pitched well Friday night in his second start for Triple-A Charlotte, beating highly touted Baltimore prospect Jake Arrieta. He did so with two of Ken Williams’ top Chicago-based assistants evaluating his demeanor and stuff from behind home plate. Assistant general manager Rick Hahn and director of baseball operations Dan Fabian seem certain to report that Hudson is an option worth considering if Jose Contreras continues to falter as Ozzie Guillen‘s fourth starter. … Hudson’s fastball was 91-92 m.p.h. Friday night, a bit lower than it has been at times. His slider and changeup were sharp, and he showed poise after five of the first nine Norfolk hitters reached base against him. Hahn likened him to a cross between Gavin Floyd and the Angels’ Jered Weaver.
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Hudson, D (W, 1-0) 7.0 3 1 0 2 6 0 3.27 Hernandez, F (H, 2) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 Link (S, 11) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.66
Jake Peavy probably will need at least two more rehab starts before joining the White Sox. The current belief is that Peavy needs the time to build his arm strength after a seven-week layoff. He is lined up to make his Sox debut Aug. 28 at New York or even Sept. 3 at Wrigley Field.
The Sox lean towards Sept. 3.
BTW, Peavy’s next start will be with Birmingham or Charlotte:
Peavy said before the game he expects to pitch twice more on his rehabilitation assignment, first next Tuesday — most likely for Charlotte at Durham or at Double-A Birmingham — and then on Aug. 23, most likely for Charlotte at Gwinnett. That would put him on target to make his Sox debut Aug. 28 at Yankee Stadium.
UPDATE: Quotes from Don Cooper and Ozzie Guillen.
from this weeks A.L. Closer Report:
Bobby Jenks, White Sox
With his kidney stones issue mercifully behind him, Jenks pitched 3.2 scoreless frames this past week (one save vs. Seattle on the 11th). Bobby hasn’t allowed a run in August, a welcome change after a July that saw far too many fireworks for the opposition (8 runs in 7.1 IP). Jenks has rates of 8.55 K/9 and 2.48 BB/9, giving him a 3.55 XFIP. That’s lower than 2008’s 3.86 figure, despite Bobby’s 2009 ERA (3.83) being 1.2 runs higher than his 2008 mark (2.63).
the entry on Jenks from last week:
Think you had a bad week? Odds are, it was better than Bobby Jenks’. The Angels castoff hasn’t pitched since August 1st, as he deals with the excruciating pain caused by kidney stones. Jenks had a rough month of July (8 R, 13 H in 7.1 IP), but hopefully his struggles will, um, pass. In the short-term, Matt Thornton or Octavio Dotel could pick up a save chance.
from Jim Callis’ unsigned draft picks update:
Bryan Morgado, lhp (3rd round): May get over-slot bonus
Justin Jones, lhp (7th round): Expected to attend California
This from Yahoo/Rivals:
Outfielder Brian Goodwin, meanwhile, a 17th-round pick of the White Sox, is expected to report to campus for classes [North Carolina].
‘‘Ken Williams is cold-blooded,’’ a National League scout said Wednesday. ‘‘If this was a biggest balls contest, he’s the winner.’’
more video: Peavy on his rehab start (1:53)
jim has some photos too
The biggest name to move, and the biggest surprise at the trade deadline, the big question about the White Sox acquisition of Jake Peavy revolved around whether or not he’d even pitch again this year. With seven weeks left to go in the season, things are looking more positive than ever after three dominant innings in his first rehab start while getting his fastball up to 93 mph and complementing it with a sharp breaking ball.
Charlotte teammate Freddy Garcia is also close to joining the White Sox’ starting rotation, and the 32-year-old righty could pitch against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday at U.S Cellular Field. … Sox manager Ozzie Guillen told reporters in Seattle Wednesday night Garcia is “real excited,” but isn’t sure when he’ll join the Sox.