Jake Peavy’s All-Star selection pleases teammates
BY TONI GINNETTI email@example.com July 8, 2012 9:28PM
Robin Ventura, who was ejected, argues with umpire D.J. Reyburn. | Scott Stewart~Sun-Times
Updated: August 10, 2012 6:33AM
The addition of Jake Peavy to the American League All-Star squad as a replacement for injured Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson was welcome news to his teammates.
‘‘He’s as deserving and more deserving than a lot of us,’’ said Adam Dunn, who’s one of the four Sox who will be on the team. ‘‘I know he’s excited, and we’re excited to have him.’’
Peavy had left during the 11-9 loss Sunday to the Blue Jays to travel to Denver for the funeral of former Padres coach Darrel Akerfelds, his close friend who died June 24 of pancreatic cancer.
The U.S. Cellular Field crowd cheered when Peavy’s selection was announced late in the game.
‘‘He’s finally getting recognized for what he’s done. It’s awesome,’’ said Chris Sale, who, along with Paul Konerko, rounds out the Sox’ representatives. ‘‘It’ll be fun; that’s for sure. It just shows how hard he worked for it and how much he really competes out there.
‘‘We all knew he deserved to be there, and he’s finally getting what he deserves.’’
Peavy will be on his third All-Star squad but first since 2007 and first in the AL. He was with the Padres in 2005 and ’07, his other appearances.
Robin flies away
Manager Robin Ventura had planned to leave for the break immediately after the game Sunday, but his exit was hastened when he was ejected in the top of the ninth by plate umpire D.J. Reyburn for arguing calls when Omar Vizquel was batting.
It was Ventura’s second ejection. His first came May 30 at Tampa Bay.
The rotation for the second half is almost set, with Peavy to pitch the second game in Kansas City on Saturday and Sale working Sunday.
Ventura didn’t name Friday’s starter, who could be Jose Quintana or Gavin Floyd.
Pitching coach Don Cooper said after the game that Peavy’s addition to the All-Star squad wouldn’t affect the rotation plans.
After Sunday’s game, the Sox optioned right-hander Deunte Heath to Class AAA Charlotte, with a corresponding move to come Friday, likely the return of Philip Humber.
Heath hadn’t pitched since joining the team Wednesday from Charlotte.
Humber has made several rehab starts since recovering from a strained elbow flexor.
Young shall lead
The Sox’ bullpen allowed four earned runs and walked seven in six innings, ending a stretch that had seen it post a 1.42 ERA in six games.
The relief corps allowed only one run in the three-game series against the Rangers.
The bullpen included six rookies before Heath was optioned out, with Matt Thornton as the lone veteran.
Of the six teams in first place at the All-Star break, the Sox have used the most rookies (10).
Three other teams have used seven.