White Sox’ Jake Peavy is a grinder after surgery
By Daryl Van Schouwen firstname.lastname@example.org July 16, 2011 12:02AM
DETROIT - JULY 15: Mark Teahen #23 of the Chicago White Sox is congratulated by his teammates after scoring on a single from Adam Dunn #32 in the third inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on July 15, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) R:\Merlin\Getty_Photos\119273063.jpg
Updated: July 16, 2011 9:32PM
DETROIT — Try as he might, Jake Peavy isn’t what he used to be. Surgery to reattach a torn lat will take something out of a pitcher, and the White Sox right-hander is coming to grips with the reality that he won’t be at full strength this season.
Next season might be another story after his 12-to-18-month full recovery. For now, Peavy will throw his fastball a little slower than he’s accustomed to.
‘‘The last few starts was a grind physically,” said Peavy, who was moved off his scheduled start Sunday to Tuesday at Kansas City. ‘‘I don’t think that was any secret if you watched. I’m looking forward to getting pushed back and getting back on my feet.’’
Peavy admitted that his relief outing against the Nationals on June 25 took something out of him. He said he was going on adrenaline and passed up the opportunity for an extra day of rest after that 55-pitch effort on his side day. His ERA is 7.72 ERA since then.
“I may have been riding a little high after the relief effort and wanted to pitch a couple more times,” Peavy said. “I thought my body and arm would respond better than it did.’’
Phil Humber will start Sunday in the series finale against the Tigers. Mark Buehrle, Peavy and John Danks are probables for the Royals series next week, although Danks, coming off the DL, isn’t official.
Danks threw six scoreless innings for Class AAA Charlotte on Friday against Louisville.
Alex Rios and Adam Dunn welcomed the four-day All-Star break with open arms.
“I’ve never been through a slump this bad, and I don’t know how to explain it,’’ Rios said. “The break was good. I feel energized.’’
Rios ran into general manager Ken Williams on his way to the car after Sunday’s last game before the break. He said Williams encouraged him to forget about the first 90 games (.213, six homers, 21 RBI) and focus on playing winning baseball the last 72.
‘‘I can’t even put it into words,’’ said Dunn, who saw his new home north of Houston for the first time. ‘‘It’s amazing how good that I felt today, just mentally.’’
Dunn struck out looking his first time up and pulled a single through the Tigers’ shifted infield to score two runs in the third.
‘‘The first half is over,’’ he said. “The beat thing about the break was to go home and forget.’’
Don’t read too much into manager Ozzie Guillen starting Mark Teahen — who singled his first time up against Justin Verlander and scored — at third base in place of rookie Brent More l.
“I don’t want the kid to face the monster,’’ Guillen said.
◆ The Sox signed left-hander Doug Davis, 35, who was 1-7 with a 6.50 ERA before the Cubs released him, to a minor-league deal. Davis will be an innings-eater for Charlotte and isn’t expected to be brought up any time soon.
◆ The Sox signed 6-6 right-hander Jeff Soptic, their third-round draft pick from Johnson City (Kan.) junior college.
◆ Guillen (@OzzieGuillen) was named one of the top 100 twitter handles in sports by Sports Illustrated. He has more than 156,000 followers.