Jake pushed back for Zach
BY JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org August 6, 2011 10:04PM
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 6: Paul Konerko #14 of the Chicago White Sox hits an RBI single against the Minnesota Twins in the fifth inning on August 6, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) R:\Merlin\Getty_Photos\120511377.jpg
Updated: September 8, 2011 12:54AM
MINNEAPOLIS — Jake Peavy isn’t close to 100 percent, but he insisted Saturday that he didn’t ask to have his start pushed back a day.
“No, it was just something that they told me was going to happen,’’ Peavy said. “Obviously, you do what you’re told. I feel good, and I’m excited to pitch [Sunday afternoon].’’
Peavy said he was told the team wanted to see what the newly acquired Zach Stewart could do.
Considering the youngster held the Minnesota Twins scoreless through five innings, there’s a chance he could become part of another six-man rotation, especially with the Sox playing 17 consecutive days in September with a doubleheader thrown in.
“We’ve been talking about this,’’ manager Ozzie Guillen said. “And we need [Stewart] in the starting rotation or the bullpen just in case we have a long man or two doubleheaders — Cleveland and Minnesota. All the conversation comes along, and that’s the reason we did it.’’
Meanwhile, Peavy still is holding out hope that this year turns for him and his teammates, and he also has high hopes for 2012. No torn lat surgery, no bad ankle, just a chance to be Peavy again.
“This whole thing has been a learning process for myself in so many different ways, going out there on different days and having such drastic differential on certain days,’’ Peavy said. “I certainly hope to finish on a strong note and can’t wait to catch my breath and get my feet under me to build toward a strong 2012.
‘‘At the same time, we still have a glimmer of hope here, and we’re holding on to that. I’ll do all I can do to be as good as the other guys have been and give us a chance to win.’’
Goodbye to the beard
It was a numbers game, and reliever Brian Bruney lost. The right-hander was designated for assignment after the victory Friday over the Twins, and his last four games were a big reason why.
Bruney actually pitched well for a stretch, making 10 consecutive scoreless appearances from late June to late July, but he allowed 11 runs in his last four games in only three innings.
“We don’t have a long man,’’ Guillen said of the decision. “Besides that, it was hard because of the way we were playing. Every time we were down by one, down by three, we put him in to hopefully hold it. He couldn’t do it. Last four outings were very rough for him.’’
General manager Ken Williams built the 2011 team to return to the mashing of 2005 and 2006, but the players must not have received the memo.
Before Brent Lillibridge’s home run Saturday, the Sox ranked eighth in the American League with 105 homers and were 12th since the All-Star break with 16.