Jake Peavy ‘ready for the challenge’ of 5-man White Sox rotation
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org July 28, 2011 8:52PM
Updated: July 29, 2011 9:51PM
Edwin Jackson’s departure marks the end of the White Sox’ six-man rotation, leaves less margin for injury and shines the spotlight brighter on Jake Peavy.
‘‘I’m ready for the challenge and look forward to starting every fifth day,’’ said Peavy, who’ll pitch on five days’ rest when he faces the New York Yankees in his next start Monday. ‘‘If I do what I am supposed to do, we’ll be fine.’’
Peavy, who doesn’t expect to be at full strength until next season because of the surgery he had last July to reattach a torn latissimus dorsi muscle, has been something of a five-inning pitcher. The 2007 National League Cy Young winner has an 11.88 ERA in the sixth inning.
Pitching coach Don Cooper and general manager Ken Williams , who traded Jackson and infielder Mark Teahen to the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday for right-handed reliever Jason Frasor and Zach Stewart , said adding Frasor to the bullpen will alleviate the workload of right-hander Jesse Crain and allows manager Ozzie Guillen to use his bullpen sooner.
Peavy dealt with shoulder fatigue at the end of the first half. That was blamed in part on a four-inning relief appearance June 25. The Sox begin a stretch of games on 17 consecutive days when they host the Boston Red Sox tonight. Peavy says he’s ready.
‘‘As long as we don’t tax the body and throw in relief, which won’t be necessary with Frasor adding another great arm to the bullpen,’’ Peavy said.
Williams not done?
Williams said he’s pleased overall with the Sox’ play since the All-Star break, but he’s not necessarily done dealing before Sunday’s trade deadline.
A team source said more movement can be expected. The Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves are among teams interested in Carlos Quentin, who’s earning $5 million and will make more in 2012 as he becomes arbitration-eligible for the first time. Moving Quentin (.262, 20 homers, 62 RBI) would leave a sizable hole in the middle of the lineup but open a spot for Class AAA Charlotte’s Dayan Viciedo, assuming Viciedo’s thumb is OK. Viciedo hasn’t played this week.
Pitchers John Danks and Gavin Floyd also have tradable contracts and would bring value in return. Cooper suggested on his weekly radio spot Thursday that Stewart might be brought up before long, leading to speculation that he was acquired as protection in the event Danks or Floyd is dealt, although Cooper said, ‘‘We’re not sellers.’’
Paul Konerko said the series with the Detroit Tigers, in which the Sox won two of three, was played with playoff intensity.
‘‘It’s key with the off day [Thursday] we don’t lose that coming back [today],’’ Konerko said. ‘‘There’s always potential after you play the Cubs or a big inter-division team that you let down the next series. We can’t afford to do that.’’
†Floyd, the Sox’ starter tonight, is 5-0 against the Red Sox.
†A life-sized sculpture of Frank Thomas will be unveiled before the Sox-Red Sox game Sunday. The ceremony begins at 12:20 p.m.