Jake Peavy appears headed for a big league return with the White Sox during the last weekend of April at U.S. Cellular Field.
The right-hander has another rehab start scheduled for Monday with Double-A Birmingham, where he has a target of 90-95 pitches. Peavy moves on to pitch for Triple-A Charlotte next Saturday, viewing that start as something akin to what would be his last Spring Training effort, where he gets the pitch count up around 110.
Those two starts leave Peavy in line to return to the club on April 28, the last day of an 11-game White Sox road trip against Tampa Bay, Detroit and New York. Based on Peavy’s comments Saturday, following a 34-pitch side session in the White Sox bullpen, he’ll be facing Baltimore at home either on April 29 or 30.
April 16, 2011
“In fact this last offseason we hired a fellow by the name of Dr. Jeff Fishbein, who’s a sports psychologist, he works exclusively with the White Sox now. He’s worked previously, for the last 10 years, with the [Florida] Marlins before that. He’s been around, going back all the way to SoxFest, he spent a few weeks down in Arizona with us in Spring Training, and he’s just available as a resource.
“Ozzie, over the years, has joked on numerous occasions that ‘I don’t need a pitching coach or a hitting coach, I need a team of shrinks.’ And this year he actually has someone on staff right now, who’s available as a resource, to help with some of the performance and on-field issues, which are very real. And I do think that probably four or five years ago, there was finally a little bit of a breakthrough in the game, which obviously is very slow to change.
“But when a guy like Zack Greinke can come out and say ‘I have these very real psychological issues that prevent me from performing and I need help,’ And then he’s able to rebound and have a Cy Young caliber season after he gets that help. All of a sudden I think it became a little more acceptable for guys to say ‘You know what, I need some help as well.’ And we’re, as an organization, now providing them that resource.”
Hopefully he can keep Q’s head straight! BTW, audio at the link.
The heat maps Baseball Analytics produces give a nice view of how pitchers and batters adjust to each other. Alexei Ramirez provides a good example of this in 2011. During his first three years in the majors, pitchers tended to avoid the inside part of the plate against him, but used most of the strike zone: …