Those White Sox fans still hoping for the perfect gift during this holiday season might have just received such a present from pitching coach Don Cooper. Cooper spoke Monday to MLB.com about a Jake Peavy rehabilitation throwing session he witnessed in Chicago about two weeks ago. And the reviews of Peavy’s showing provided by the White Sox pitching leader bordered on uplifting.
“With my eyes, he looked free and easy and was going through what he was doing pretty [darn] well,” said Cooper, who was joined by White Sox head athletic trainer Herm Schneider at Peavy’s workout. “I was immediately talking about how he looked looser, freer, easier and quicker.
“The problems he had were going on before he ended up ripping his muscle off. It was not a one-day thing. But in the words he used, ‘I feel normal.'”
… Cooper’s endorsement of Peavy on Monday speaks volumes as to how the right-hander is on the right track to recovery.
“He did a heck of a job to be where he’s at,” said Cooper. “I really didn’t think he would be right there. I thought it would be slower, but he hopped right into it and has a chance to be ready.
“Regardless, the next step is to build up strength and break through mental barriers common with this sort of injury. One is to let it go more and more, picking up the intensity of throws, and constantly climbing.” …
December 20, 2010
[Jesse] Crain on Sox: “I’m really excited and getting better. I’m learning to throw a split finger and working with Coop will make me better.”
Seems Sale will not be the closer.
UPDATE: Merkin @ CWS:
The 2011 closer’s job seems to belong to either Matt Thornton or rookie Chris Sale, but with both of them throwing from the left side, Crain stands just a tick ahead of Sergio Santos as the team’s right-handed closing option.”That was part of what attracted me, as well,” said Crain, who fits the mold of what J.J. Putz did for the White Sox in 2010 — being able to work anywhere from the sixth through the ninth. “I’ll definitely have opportunities to finish games.”
With Crain’s addition, the White Sox have five solid arms in their bullpen, and they could go with a couple of youngsters to fill out the seven-man bullpen. Crain was part of that all-in, 2011 mentality for the White Sox, with general manager Ken Williams telling MLB.com this past Saturday how there was more money to work with in free agency after he originally stated the team was tapped out following Konerko’s return.