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Pitches-strikes: Peavy 72-43.
Groundouts-flyouts: Peavy 2-2.
Batters faced: Peavy 17.
UPDATE: Peavy’s comments and videos are below:
Friday’s 3 2/3-inning effort for Double-A Birmingham was another step in the big league direction for Peavy, although his control wasn’t exactly where he wanted during the 71-pitch, 43-strike performance. His arm felt better than it has in “quite a while,” which could be tied in part to Peavy seeing his first real game action since a Cactus League contest against the Giants on March 19.
“It was nice to get under the lights, come to the ballpark at 3 o’clock and be ready to pitch,” said an upbeat Peavy, who gave up five hits and two unearned runs to the Biscuits, while striking out four and walking one. “You get in a jam and make pitches to get out of it. A little extra adrenaline gives you more fire in the belly.
“I made some good pitches and some bad pitches. Overall, I was very, very pleased the way the night went.”
… “I’m going to let those guys make the decision,” said Peavy, referring to White Sox head athletic trainer Herm Schneider, general manager Ken Williams, manager Ozzie Guillen and pitching coach Don Cooper. “When my pitch count is where it needs to be. … I want to pitch in the big leagues five days from now. If it was up to me, I would throw 90 in the big leagues on Wednesday. That’s not realistic.
“So you do what the team asks you to do, and be smart. I feel like my arm strength is getting there. I believe I’m going to get outs. If it was reasonable to have a starter on 75 or 90 pitches, I would pitch in the big leagues tonight.