Monday, April 18, 2011
Posted: 9:20 p.m.
By Brett Ballantini
ST. PETERSBURG, FLChicago White Sox starter Jake Peavy only lasted 15 pitches on Monday night before leaving his rehabilitation start for AA Birmingham with what the team is only disclosing as discomfort.
More bad news for the White Sox, manager Ozzie Guillen said after his team dropped a 5-0 runaway to the Tampa Bay Rays. Im worriedhes my player. Its a setback for him. Hopefully tomorrow, we have better news. We want him here, but we have to be patient.
Peavy surrendered four hits and three runs, retiring just two batters, vs. AA Mississippi. A two-run double from Donell Linares opened the gates and ex-White Sox farmhand C.J. Retherford piled on with an RBI single.
Just two days ago, Peavy threw a 34-pitch bullpen session at U.S. Cellular Field and gave a succinct, nice and easy, nothing crazy, assessment of his work, citing a goal of merely wanting to work both sides of the plate. On Saturday he had also outlined a goal of rejoining the White Sox between April 25 and 28, as the team finishes its 11-day, 11-game, three-city road trip. After his final rehab start for the Barons, Peavy was due to throw a final minor-league outing for AAA Charlotte on April 23 and set his major league debut as April 28 at Yankee Stadium or April 29 at home vs. the Baltimore Orioles.
While there is no official diagnosis for Peavy, such an unexpected development is sure to push his return to the majors until May at the earliest, presumably adding at least one additional rehabilitation start to his docket.
Brett Ballantini is CSNChicago.coms White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox information.
Four of the team's top-10 prospects and a former All-Star are among the 19 nonroster invitees to White Sox big league camp this spring.
The team announced Monday that prospects Michael Kopech, Zack Collins, Zack Burdi and Spencer Adams have all been invited to camp next month. Everth Cabrera, an All-Star in 2013 for the San Diego Padres, Cody Asche, Cory Luebke and Geovany Soto are among the eight minor league free agents who also received an invitation. Pitchers and catchers report to camp in Glendale, Ariz. on Feb. 14 while the team holds its first full-squad workout on Feb. 18.
Kopech was acquired in the Chris Sale trade in December while Collins and Burdi were both selected in the 2016 amateur draft. Adams was drafted in 2014.
Signed earlier this month, Soto is expected to earn a spot on the 25-man roster. Soto, who played for the White Sox in 2015, finished last season with four home runs and an .809 OPS in 86 plate appearances for the Los Angeles Angels.
Cabrera, who produced 4.6 Wins Above Replacement between 2012-13, hasn't played in the majors since he appeared in 29 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 2015. Luebke, who has twice had reconstructive elbow surgery, finished with a 9.35 ERA in nine games for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. Asche blasted 31 homers with a .240/.298/.385 slash line in 1,287 plate appearances since 2013 with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Other minor league free agents include: left-handed pitcher David Holmberg, right-handers Blake Smith and Anthony Swarzak, and catcher Roberto Pena.
White Sox minor leaguer pitchers Aaron Bummer, Brian Clark, Jace Fry and Matt Purke, infielders Nicky Delmonico and Danny Hayes, and outfielder Courtney Hawkins also have been invited to camp.