ARLINGTON, Texas -- It was only Sunday when, as he discussed Gavin Floyd’s injury, Robin Ventura ensured local media things can always be worse.
It has only been four days and it’s worse.
Although they believe it to be only temporary, the White Sox lost another member of their original starting rotation when Jake Peavy was scratched from Thursday’s start with back spasms. Hector Santiago, who originally was scheduled to pitch Friday in the place of Floyd, has been moved up a day and will face the Texas Rangers instead of the Kansas City Royals.
“I just can’t get it to turn loose at all to make anywhere close to the movements I’ll have to make,” Peavy said. “There’s really no way for me. If there was any way for me to pitch, I’d promise you I would. Just not anyway at this point in time. It’s a huge bummer not to take your turn.”
Peavy said he suffered the injury in Wednesday’s pre-game stretch, which occurred ironically enough sometime after an afternoon yoga session.
The right-hander, who is 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA in five starts and has 39 strikeouts in 32 innings, said he has never experienced any similar injury. He hopes it’s a “quick thing,” Peavy said, but doesn’t know.
Both White Sox manager Robin Ventura and Peavy essentially ruled out the possibility the veteran will pitch in Friday’s series opener at Kansas City, either. Dylan Axelrod is set to pitch on normal rest instead.
“The way things are going for us right now, it’s not time to start chancing it,” Ventura said. “Late in the year you can probably do that. … I don’t think Peavy would be able to go tomorrow. It looks more like Saturday or Sunday. Tomorrow doesn’t look good anyway as far as weather stuff, so we’ll hold off on that. More than likely, it will be Axe tomorrow and then somewhere filled in with Peav over the weekend.”
Peavy hoped treatment and a muscle relaxer would improve his condition by Thursday but it didn’t. While he hopes he’s better soon, Peavy doesn’t know.
White Sox second baseman Jeff Keppinger needed four games off over six days to recover from back spasms this past week.
“I’ve never had anything like this happen at all,” Peavy said. “I’ve had some back soreness because of my leg differential, but I’ve never had anything like this. It’s completely new to me. … I’m sure we’ll sit down with the staff in the next few hours and try to come up with a game plan and see what the doctors and trainers think is the best case scenario.”