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Jake Peavy feels ‘normal,’ hopes to be back soon

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



An optimistic Jake Peavy is hoping to be on the mound by the end of the month, perhaps when the White Sox return home April 29 to face the Baltimore Orioles.

‘‘I don’t know when they’ll slot me in,’’ he said after throwing on the side Saturday at U.S. Cellular Field. ‘‘I’m excited to pitch again but at ease with the plan. I’m at peace with what they want me to do.’’

Peavy’s next outing will be Monday, and the plan is for him to pitch 90-95 pitches for Class AA Birmingham. He plans to pitch again Saturday, ‘‘and I want to push it to 100-plus,’’ he said. ‘‘That would be like a normal start. I always wanted to get to 110 pitches by the end of spring training in the past.’’

Peavy will remain with the Birmingham team near his home and rejoin the Sox in New York at the end of the road trip.

‘‘Normal is a good word to describe it,’’ he said of how he feels. ‘‘I feel I’m coming out of spring training and starting to get a good feel for my pitches, and stronger. We pushed it a little in spring — it’s no one’s fault. We were just anxious.’’

Peavy said pitching again less than a year after his surgery last July to repair a torn lat is a credit to his medical team and trainers.

‘‘I have to give credit to the doctors and [trainer Herm Schneider] and everyone involved. Dr. [Tony] Romeo thought if I came back before July it would be remarkable. It speaks highly to the work they all did.’’

Ballpark to turn 20

Monday marks the 20th anniversary of the ballpark that was called Comiskey Park before U.S. Cellular purchased naming rights in 2003. Guillen made the transition from the old park to the new one in 1991.

‘‘This ballpark has come a long way. This park was pretty ugly. It was all concrete. But this city was pretty excited. All of a sudden every city wanted a new ballpark. The mistake we made was being the first one. But what they did here was amazing [modifying the park]. I think people in Chicago and White Sox fans appreciate it because all the revenue [it generates], all the new stuff they do for kids. Whoever came up with the idea to knock down the third level was a genius.’’

Notes

The Sox put out an offer after the Bulls’ opening playoff victory over the Pacers and invited anyone with a Bulls ticket stub to a free bleacher seat at Saturday’s rain-delayed game.

† The Sox sent outfielder Stefan Gartrell to the Atlanta Braves for cash considerations. Gartrell will be assigned to the Braves’ Class AAA team.



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