Saturday’s 83-pitch performance, with 56 going for strikes, also means Peavy stays firmly on track to start the 2011 season as the White Sox fifth starter, facing the Royals in Kansas City on April 6. Both manager Ozzie Guillen and catcher A.J. Pierzynski supported Peavy in that theory, believing the right-hander will be on the mound in a regular-season game just nine months after he underwent experimental surgery on July 14 to reattach the tendon that anchors the latissimus dorsi muscle to the rear of the shoulder.
“I don’t see why not,” said Guillen, as to whether Peavy should break camp with the team. “Obviously, we have another start left, the last game in camp. Two more. We’ll see how he feels. Right now, he has made progress to be on the ballclub. If everything goes the way it has gone so far, I’m having him on the ballclub.”
“Every time out, it seems like he has thrown better,” Pierzynski said. “It’s good — it’s a positive sign. If he’s not ready to start the season, I don’t know why, unless he has some major setback. He looks as ready as can be to be in our rotation every fifth day.” …
March 19, 2011
“A good percent of the time, he will be the guy,” said Guillen of Thornton, who won the closer’s job over rookie Chris Sale. “In my opinion, with Sale, we [would] have to put a lot of things on his shoulders, not because this kid pitched well last season, but we would put a lot of pressure on him to be the closer.
“Matt Thornton earned it. We have a lot of confidence. He is the guy I think can do the job better.”
Hopefully this doesn’t mean much, good percent sounds good, and Kenny’s bullpen flexibility theory prevails.
UPDATE: Padilla @ ESPN:
Guillen did give himself some wiggle room, though, to make a change later in the season.
“I talked to Thornton and I said he would get more than the chance to be the closer,” Guillen said. “Obviously when you’re closing, I talked to him about it, a good percent of the time, he will be the guy.”