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Peavy throws, is set for extended spring

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



GLENDALE, Ariz. — After throwing off a mound for the first time since throwing 83 pitches against the Oakland Athletics eight days ago, Jake Peavy said his shoulder felt OK and prepared himself for extended spring training.

Peavy (rotator cuff tendinitis) threw about 35 pitches Sunday morning, most of them from the stretch, and mixed in some breaking balls as pitching coach Don Cooper, manager Ozzie Guillen and other coaching staff watched.

Peavy will be with the team for the home opener April 7 “to cheer the boys on” and to reconnect with Cooper and would make three or four rehab-game appearances before joining the team if all goes well.

“I know I’m going to stay here with the extended spring bunch,” Peavy said. “Coop, I know, wants me with the team and working with him, but through this first week with all the day games, and the weather being so nice out here, it doesn’t make much sense to go with the team just yet.

“So I want to stay here at least for a week or so and get a few side sessions in a game or two, or some simulated work, before I get back with the team.’’

Cooper gave Peavy a fist-bump and was in a good mood after Peavy’s session.

“One thing Jake can do, it’s like he doesn’t pick up a ball for eight or nine days, and he can go out there and flip his stuff over,’’ Cooper said. “He has tremendous touch and feel. More important than anything else, he felt good today.’’

Phil Humber will take Peavy’s place in the rotation, although Opening Day starter Mark Buehrle could jump into the fifth spot on four days of rest because of a day off.

“We’ll certainly have Humber ready to start, but, if not, we can bring Buehrle back,’’ Cooper said. “That stuff all will be discussed.’’

Buehrle said either way works for him.

Off the Marq

Jeff Marquez was not in the clubhouse Sunday morning, another clear sign that the right-hander is the odd man out with outfielder Lastings Milledge and infielder-outfielder Brent Lillibridge making the team. Marquez is out of options and will have to clear waivers for the Sox to keep him in their system.

Barring a trade or waiver deal, the Sox will officially announce the team on Wednesday with 11 pitchers.

He’s ready

Buehrle pitched five scoreless innings in his tuneup for the opener at Cleveland on Friday, striking out seven and walking none. He allowed two hits.

“I wish I could bottle this up and feel half this good on Opening Day,’’ said Buehrle, who will start the opener for the ninth time in his career.

“This was the best I felt [this spring] — location-wise, velocity, arm, just everything.’’

AAA action Jackson

Edwin Jackson got his work in against the Kansas City Royals’ Class AAA team, pitching seven innings and allowing three runs (two earned).

Jackson, set to pitch the second game of the season on Saturday, struck out six and walked one.



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