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Stellar side work, but Sox’ Jake Peavy still bummed

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



GLENDALE, Ariz. — Jake P eavy was happy and sad after retiring all 13 batters he faced during a 45-pitch stint on the White Sox’ back fields Tuesday morning.

Showing remarkable control pitching in game conditions for the first time in 10 days, Peavy threw strikes on his first eight pitches. He retired Carlos Quentin four times — the first on a three-pitch strikeout — and Ramon Castro once. The other hitters were minor-leaguers.

‘‘I felt OK — I really did,’’ Peavy said. ‘‘Here we go again. We tried it before. Hopefully we can sustain it this time.’’

Sidelined by tendinitis in his rotator cuff after throwing 83 pitches against the Oakland Athletics on March 19, Peavy said he plans to throw in a minor-league game Sunday, then pitch on April 8 and 13 at Class AAA Charlotte or AA Nashville. He said he won’t be with the Sox for the home opener April 7 to ‘‘cheer the boys on’’ as he had hoped.

As teammates prepared to leave camp Tuesday, Peavy had mixed emotions: happy with how he threw, sad to be left behind.

‘‘This was the first time I haven’t broke camp with a team, so today is a tough day,’’ he said. ‘‘I had my sights set on being on that plane with the boys today and making that start in Kansas City [April 6] and being one of the guys. But I know what my body needs. I truly want to take the mound feeling healthy and being able to help this ballclub in a big way. I know I need a little more time to make that happen. I gave my word to [general manager Ken] Williams and the rest of the staff that I wouldn’t do that ’til I was ready.

‘‘It was a tough day, but a motivating day as well.’’

Taking the fifth

With the Sox enjoying a day off next week, all signs point to Opening Day starter Mark Buehrle pitching the fifth game of the season on four days’ rest. With the Sox carrying 11 pitchers, Phil Humber would be available for long relief.

Ramirez, Sale on mend

Shortstop Alexei Ramirez (lower back spasms) revealed that he experienced tolerable soreness the last couple of weeks before aggravating his back during agility drills Monday. He felt better Tuesday and emphatically said he doesn’t expect cold weather in Cleveland to keep him out this weekend.

‘‘God willing, I will be ready to go for Opening Day,’’ he said.

Left-handed reliever Chris Sale (stiff neck) said he felt better, but after being named to pitch in the minor-league game Tuesday, he threw a bullpen session instead. Sale had a neck issue earlier this spring but recovered.



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