NEW YORK -- Jake Peavy has ruled himself fit to start in Wednesday’s series finale against the New York Mets.
The White Sox pitcher feels much stronger about his chances of making his next start after he was able to perform all baseball activities on Tuesday. Peavy, who is 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA in five starts, was forced to skip his start last Thursday against the Texas Rangers because of back spasms.
But Peavy is ready to resume pitching after his back passed a serious test, surviving the flight from Kansas City to New York.
“I feel good,” Peavy said. “It has been a tough few days, but I feel good. Went out and just went through a normal day with the guys. It has gradually gotten better. I spent hours and hours. I haven’t been on the bench since that happened. I’ve been in the training room.”
White Sox manager Robin Ventura said he has seen enough positive signs from Peavy over the past two days to confidently start the right-hander. Peavy threw in Kansas City on Monday without any issues.
“He threw yesterday and gave me the thumbs up, so for him, I’m taking it as it’s good,” Ventura said. “You watch it a little bit. I don’t want to see weird body language or anything like that. He’s told he can’t go out there if he’s not healthy enough to go.”
Peavy said he has had routine maintenance on his back in the past. But he has never experienced anything like he has endured over the past week.
“I've never had any spasms to the point where my back spasmed up on that Wednesday night and truly for about two days, you guys saw me, I was in as bad of shape,” Peavy said. “You don’t realize your back controls everything. You can’t make a move without feeling it or feel like you are injuring it more.”
Danks happy to be here
A day after his game-winning home run in Kansas City, Jordan Danks isn't in the starting lineup. But considering what happened the last time the White Sox outfielder homered in the majors, Danks is more than OK with a seat on the White Sox bench.
“I was worried I wasn’t going to be here,” Danks said with a laugh.
Danks' only other major league homer was Aug. 10 at home against the Oakland A’s. The next day, Danks was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte, although he returned to the club on Aug. 21 for the rest of the season.
Danks, who has reached base in six of 16 plate appearances, said he feels more mature in his approach in Year 2. He’s made slight adjustments in the box beyond his stance and said his coaches have noticed.
So while he’d love to play, Danks is happy to be here. After all, his favorite story about the previous homer involves a conversation with former teammate Kevin Youkilis right before he learned he had been sent down.
“He was the last one out of the clubhouse and he yelled at me, ‘You hit a walkoff and can’t even make the lineup? You suck,” Danks said with a laugh.
Beckham may start rehab soon
Three weeks to the day after his surgery, Gordon Beckham continues to be optimistic about his return from a broken left hamate bone.
Normally, a player needs at least six-to-eight weeks from surgery before they can return to the field. Beckham said from the start he wanted to be back in the majors six weeks after his April 16 surgery. While no timeline has been established, Beckham is hopeful he can start a rehab assignment at the end of next week.
-- The White Sox claimed first baseman Mike McDade off waivers from the Cleveland Indians and optioned him to Triple-A Charlotte. The club made room for McDade by moving Gavin Floyd from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.
-- John Danks and Dayan Viciedo are both playing in a rehab for Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday. Viciedo’s appearances is his first since he went on the disabled list on April 19. Danks is making his second minor-league rehab start.
-- Third-base coach Joe McEwing was inducted into the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame in New York City on Tuesday. The ceremony took place at Foley’s NY Pub and Restaurant. Inductees included former major-leaguer Rusty Staub, former Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley, Hall of Fame baseball writer Bill Madden and sports writer Dan Shaughnessy.