Jake Peavy wants to make 30 starts for White Sox this season
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Twitter: @cst_soxvan February 23, 2012 1:10PM
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy works during the first inning of the Chicago White Sox-Detroit Tigers tilt Tuesday July 26, 2011 at US Cellular Field. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
Updated: February 23, 2012 2:39PM
GLENDALE, Ariz. - At 190 pounds, Jake Peavy came to camp 10 pounds lighter than he played at last season. He had no choice but to make things easier on his surgically repaired right ankle and his right groin.
Peavy also stood before cameras and microphones on the day White Sox pitchers and catchers reported for spring training with the weight of a surgically re-attached lat muscle not weighing down his body and mind.
“My winter was outstanding,’’ Peavy said Thursday morning. “To not have to go through a major injury rehabilitation. It was huge, it was fun. It was a good winter. The shoulder and stuff looks real good. I’m excited to get started. Today is a fun day.’’
Oozing with typical first-day optimism and enjoying the vibe and anticipation that comes with a new manager, Peavy is eager to test his body now that it’s a year and a half removed from the lat surgery. He said he would be “highly disappointed” if he doesn’t make 30 starts.
“I feel as healthy as I can possibly be on this day from top to bottom,’’ he said. “I don’t know what that is. I look forward to staying that way and not talking about health, talking about baseball.
“Talked to doctor, there is no game plan, I’m healthy as I can possibly be. Let’s see where it takes us. I’m excited and optimistic, first time I’ve been like this for a lot of springs to not have to answer injury questions. I hope we don’t talk about any more of that, we talk about baseball.’’
It was suggested to Peavy, who will be the highest paid Sox in what could be his last season on the South Side, that the Sox will go as far as he takes them. That’s a stretch, but Peavy is in the group of highly-paid players who need to bounce back after sub-standard performances.
“I will play a role but it’s going to have to be a group effort,’’ Peavy said. “We’re going to have to have guys bounce back, myself included. Guys who have done big things at this level, and if we bounce back with good team effort we will compete. Everybody is talking about Detroit as they should be - Detroit won the division and did nothing but get better but there is nobody in this clubhouse is conceding a thing. We’re going to show up starting April 6 and get after it.’’
Peavy likes the Sox starting rotation, even without Mark Buehrle.
“[Buehrle] is going to be missed but we have guys on the staff who have done good things who can pick up the slack. It’s huge for Johnny [Danks] to have the stability [with a five-year, $65 million extension] and being the guy here for the next five years. Gavin Floyd is as good as anybody, Phil Humber we saw what he’s capable. We’re getting an absoulute stud in Chris Sale [from the bullpen]. He’s as good as anybody I want to say I’ve play with as far as raw, physical talent. Throwing him in the rotation and how he holds up is going to be huge. And me pulling the weight I’m going to pull. We have the pieces in here to win. It’s just about showing up and doing it.
“It’s a different feel. We’re excited about [new manager] Robin [Ventura], what his staff brings to us. We have to play good team baseball, care about each other and make things happen.’’