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February 8, 2011

Jake Peavy throws 40-pitch session [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 8, 2011 1:39 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

… Prior to his Tuesday media chat, Peavy threw a 40-pitch session off the mound featuring fastballs and changeups. It was preceded by long toss from up to 120 feet. The plan is for Peavy to throw off the mound again on Friday and then the Monday three days before White Sox pitchers and catchers report to Glendale, Ariz., on Feb. 17.

Going through the work off the mound, even at 60 or 70 percent, by Peavy’s estimation, certainly has erased any doubts in Peavy’s mind about letting loose without fear of an injury recurrence. Now, it’s a matter of building up arm strength.

“It’s taking longer than I would expect to get my arm strength back, but I don’t think anybody’s arm strength is there at this point,” said Peavy, who had to find his arm slot again while working in November and December, instead of just easing back into throwing. “I hope Spring Training builds that up. Past that, I don’t have any hesitation.

“By mid-March, I better have good arm strength. If I get to the end of camp and I can’t throw the ball 90 mph, then it’s time to worry.”

Pain or soreness for Peavy has been limited to the normal level expected when any pitcher starts to prepare for Spring Training. But otherwise, Peavy seemed upbeat as always and on the right track to return. …

UPDATE: Audio here (4:31) (direct link).

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