White Sox’ Jake Peavy could face Cubs Wednesday
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN email@example.com June 17, 2011 11:36PM
A.J. Pierzynski meets with Edwin Jackson on the mound after Jackson was called for a balk in the first inning. | AP
Updated: June 20, 2011 3:01PM
PHOENIX — After breezing through six scoreless innings of a rehab start for Class AAA Charlotte on Thursday night, Jake Peavy appears ready to face the Cubs on Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, pitching coach Don Cooper said Friday.
Manager Ozzie Guillen said the six-man starting rotation also appears to be back, probably through the All-Star break.
“Without discussing it with Ozzie and [GM] Kenny [ Williams], it looks like he’s lined up for the last game against the Cubs,’’ Cooper said. “That’s unofficial, as well as the six-man rotation. But all of that is going to be discussed and probably shook out after the game today or tomorrow. We’ll talk more about it.”
Peavy struck out nine Syracuse Chiefs and allowed two hits and no walks testing out his groin, which was strained June 12 against the Oakland Athletics and put him on the disabled list.
“Peavy might make the All-Star team at Triple-A, I’m telling you,’’ Guillen cracked. “We might send him to throw in the playoffs out there.’’
Guillen said the best thing about Peavy’s outing is that he came away from it healthy.
“That’s more important than how he pitched,’’ Guillen said.
With Peavy back, Guillen said the logical thing to do is use six starters.
“Who am I going to move out of our rotation?’’ he said. “Everyone is throwing the ball pretty good.’’
Cooper said Peavy’s volunteering for relief duty was taken seriously, but not for long.
“No, not really,’’ he said. “You have to keep your mind open to stuff, and that’s something we kicked around, but we didn’t kick it around a long time. We’re sending him down there to get stretched out. We would have bypassed all of that had we been serious about pitching him in the bullpen.’’
Been there, Dunn that
Designated hitter Adam Dunn, who has played a lot of left field in the National League, might see duty there at Colorado in two weeks. Dunn didn’t play Friday because the DH isn’t used in NL parks.
Guillen considered using Dunn as soon as today, but he said it’s too early.
‘’We are going to send him out there to take some fly balls and stuff and make sure we can get him some at-bats in Colorado,’’ Guillen said.
The man in the middle
Left-hander John Danks goes for his first road win tonight. Danks is 5-3 with a 3.18 ERA against NL teams, and he has won his last two starts after becoming the third Sox pitcher to start 0-8 since Roy Wilkinson in 1921 and Eddie Smith in 1942.
Danks’ move to the middle of the rubber in his last two starts has made his cutter better and helped him throw more strikes.
“It’s weird,’’ Danks said. “It was something I had to work on for a while in the bullpen, but it feels comfortable now.’’
Moving on up
Paul Konerko, who was batting .439 (25-for-57) with six homers, six doubles and 15 RBI in his last 15 games, was tied with Albert Belle for 60th place all-time with 381 homers. He homered in the seventh Friday to pass Belle and tie Frank Howard and Jim Rice with 382.