Jake Peavy to miss turn on Monday; Hector Santiago or Chris Sale might get nod
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN email@example.com May 4, 2013 11:02PM
Updated: June 6, 2013 7:28AM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hector Santiago said he might have close to 200 family members and friends watching him in his scheduled start Wednesday against the Mets in New York.
Santiago’s plans — and those of his 200 fans — were put on hold Saturday night after the White Sox’ 2-0 loss to Jeremy Guthrie and the Kansas City Royals. Despite receiving treatment on his back during the game, Jake Peavy won’t be ready to pitch Monday, so Santiago could get called on three days rest to pitch in the series finale against the Royals that afternoon.
Chris Sale would be another possibility on four days rest.
“Anything is possible,’’ said Ventura, who will sort out the puzzle with pitching coach Don Cooper and the Sox training staff.
One thing is for sure, and that’s Peavy not being able to take the ball. He was hopeful after getting an adjustment from a chiropractor, but after playing catch, it became clear to him that he won’t be ready to pitch.
“It’s still grabbing me pretty good throwing the ball,’’ Peavy said. “I was able to throw but it was still grabbing me. If playing catch is a problem, certainly throwing 100 percent off the mound is going to be.’’
Peavy will receive more treatment Sunday and talked as though Monday was an outside possibility, but it’s looking more like he’ll miss at least one more turn. That he even mentioned the disabled list had to send another chill through a Sox clubhouse that has been riddled with injuries already this season.
“I certainly don’t want to be on the DL or be out longer than I have been,’’ said Peavy, who was scratched from his scheduled start in Texas on Thursday after his back acted up on him Wednesday during pregame warmups.
Santiago, who has closed, pitched in middle relief and long — and is now a starter — will be the good soldier who will pitch whenever the Sox want him to. A big Mets fans growing up in New Jersey, Santiago would no doubt prefer to pitch in Citi Field, which he has never seen from the inside.
He said he’ll have a tough time controlling his excitement should that happen. His father got four first-row seats to the game from a co-worker, so he’s pulling for Santiago to pitch in New York, too.
Santiago pitched in Yankee Stadium last season.
“Oh, man, I’ll have more adrenaline than anywhere, probably throw harder without even trying,’’ he said. “I’ll try to stay within myself but there’s no way you’ll be under total control playing in front of family and friends against the team you grew up loving.’’
Another strong start or two from Santiago, who is 3-0 as a starter in his career, could push Dylan Axelrod out of the rotation, although Axelrod continued to pitch Saturday night like he belongs.
Guthrie outshined him, though, throwing his first career shutout and continuing his remarkable dominance against the Sox while setting a Royals record with his 17th straight start without a loss. Lorenzo Cain drove in the two runs with a triple in the first inning against Axelrod, a liner that barely eluded right fielder Alex Rios’ outstretched glove.
The Sox had four hits against Guthrie, a single by Paul Konerko in the second, a double by Konerko in the fourth, and singles by Tyler Flowers and Alejandro De Aza in the eighth. Guthrie has been sensational against the Sox, allowing two earned runs in 44 2/3 innings since he joined the Royals.