Jake Peavy pleased with progress after 111 pitches
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN email@example.com May 19, 2011 11:14PM
Chicago White Sox's Alexei Ramirez rolls around on the ground after being hit by a pitch from Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Fausto Carmona during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 19, 2011, in Chicago. Ramirez remained in the game, hitting a two-run double in the second inning. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Updated: May 25, 2012 7:48PM
The feel-good buzz from Jake Peavy’s remarkable three-hit shutout was still in the air in the White Sox clubhouse the day after. A media crowd swelled around his locker to ask him how he felt.
Peavy said he was sore, but it was a good kind of soreness. The normal stuff pitchers feel the day after throwing 111 pitches — nothing in the area of his surgically repaired lat.
“All is normal,’’ said Peavy, who checked in at 1 p.m. to be with the team’s training and strength and conditioning staff. “I’m very pleased with the way the body has responded. It’s obviously sore, but that’s to be expected. You work it out and keep grinding.’’
Peavy was lifted by manager Ozzie Guillen after throwing 87 pitches in Anaheim in his first start seven days earlier despite “begging’’ to stay in. Guillen was being cautious because it was his first start. Against the Indians, the fans gave Peavy a big ovation when he took the mound in the ninth.
“Ozzie and those guys realized what this game meant to me as far as getting the chance to finish it,’’ said Peavy, who struck out the last two hitters. “I fortunately said a few words, and they went with it.”
Guillen has been cautiously optimistic about Peavy’s recovery all along. He has also watched it with admiration.
“He wants to be out there, he wants to be there for good,’’ Guillen said. “He’s a guy who doesn’t like to wait five or six days to prove again he can pitch. I hope a lot of people learn from that. I’m not just talking about our players, I’m talking about everybody.’’
Bench it like Beckham
Omar Vizquel started at second base in place of Gordon Beckham, who is batting .210 with 36 strikeouts. Against right-hander Fausto Carmona, who can be tough on righties, Guillen also sat Brent Morel in favor of left-handed hitting Dallas McPherson.
“The only thing I worry about with Gordon, he strikes out a lot,’’ Guillen said. “He went through a lot of tough times last year and overcame it, came back and was the player we thought he would be. But right now he’s striking out quite a few times and that worries me.’’
The hitting woes have not affected Beckham’s defense. He hasn’t made an error since Aug. 27 of last season.
Guillen rolled up his sleeves and worked with Morel, Beckham, Brent Lillibridge and Juan Pierre on bunt drills before the game on Thursday.
Morel, who bunts daily as part of his pregame routine, failed to get a bunt down after hitting a three-run homer Tuesday. Bunting is not as easy as it looks, Morel said, “especially when you [rarely] do it [in game circumstances].”
The Sox will have a video tribute to Los Angeles Dodgers Jon Garland and Juan Uribe, members of the Sox 2005 World Series champions, before the game tonight. Garland will pitch in the second game of the series, and he’ll oppose former Sox mate Mark Buehrle. The Sox were 15-3 in interleague games last season — best in the majors — and are 143-104 all-time.