… Cooper is optimistic that Jake Peavy will be able to return by Opening Day, although some conservative estimates have his 2011 debut pushed back as far as mid-May. And what if Peavy isn’t ready when the season starts?
“We will be able to get somebody that will do what we need them to do until Peavy is ready,” Cooper said. “I remember the days when we had to find a No. 3, 4 and 5 starter. We will be able to get somebody.”
Since Cooper doesn’t make final player personnel decisions, he is looking at in-house candidates to bridge the gap until Peavy’s return. He named Charlie Leesman, Lucas Harrell and Tony Pena as starting candidates. …
Cooper doesn’t like the idea of shifting Chris Sale from the rotation to the bullpen during the season.