Tendinitis spells setback for White Sox’ Jake Peavy
By DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN email@example.com March 20, 2011 9:04PM
Right-hander Jake Peavy has tendinitis in his right rotator cuff, a setback that comes as no surprise to the White Sox. | Nam Y. Huh~AP
Updated: June 26, 2011 12:19AM
GLENDALE, Ariz. — It seemed too good to be true. Turns out, it was.
A day after White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and catcher A.J. Pierzynski pronounced pitcher Jake Peavy ready to make the Opening Day roster, Peavy’s full-systems-go comeback from surgery to reattach a torn latissimus dorsi muscle took a detour.
Peavy has tendinitis in the rotator cuff of his right shoulder. He’ll shut down from his normal routine the next couple of days, and now is a long shot to break camp with the team in 11 days.
Phil Humber will take Peavy’s start Thursday against the Cubs, with more possibly to follow.
‘‘It’s a culmination of start after start after start,’’ a disappointed Peavy said Sunday. ‘‘It’s kind of been coming since that first time. It’s getting a little more uncomfortable and uncomfortable as I keep going, and you want to nip that in the bud and not let it mount into a bigger issue.’’
Doctors warned Peavy to expect a setback, and Sox general manager Ken Williams sized things up as just that.
‘‘At this point, it isn’t considered anything more than the blip we were told to expect at the start of camp,’’ Williams said in a text message.
Peavy said he ‘‘threw for an awfully long time without any setbacks.’’
But ‘‘once you start going close to game speed like I have, things can pop up,’’ he said. ‘‘You’re asking your body to do exactly what you’re going to do during the regular season, and it’s caused a little bit of discomfort. It’s a small step back, and we’re going to re-evaluate and see where we go from there.’’
Peavy was slated to pitch the fifth game of the season April 6 against the Kansas City Royals. Humber (2.45 ERA), who has been sharp in five spring appearances, has the inside track on the job, but long reliever Tony Pena and Jeff Marquez also will get consideration.
Peavy (4.11 ERA) was checked out by doctors and training staff Sunday morning and is taking treatment and anti-inflammatory pills. The Sox said the soreness was not related to the detached lat, but it’s in the vicinity, in the posterior shoulder.
Peavy said doctors told him the next 48 hours ‘‘will be a telling tale.’’ He threw 83 pitches Saturday against the Oakland Athletics, allowing three runs and seven hits with no walks. His velocity was down slightly, but he was weak after coming off a serious two-day bout with stomach flu. Peavy wanted to pitch, and pitching coach Don Cooper backed him, but Guillen didn’t want him to push it.
‘‘Believe me, as long as I am the manager of this ballclub, that is the last time he convinces me,’’ Guillen said. ‘‘I will make the call. I will have the power to let him go out or not. I know it sounds powerful, but the last two times he didn’t convince me — he convinced everybody he could go out there and perform — and the next day we get bad news.’’
After his outing against the A’s, Peavy described his shoulder as “achy,” but when pressed, he said it felt better as he went along and described it as normal soreness.
‘‘We were ready for the worst,’’ Guillen said. ‘‘The bad thing happened, and we expected it. When Kenny told me it happened, we were prepared.’’