Jake Peavy allowed three runs on four hits with two strikeouts and no walks in his two innings of work against Milwaukee on Wednesday. That's not a big deal, since the starter said after the game all he was doing was working on command of his fastball, so the Brewers were able to tee off on a few of them.
But the real story, at least for Peavy, is that he's feeling fine after his start. Check out his comments below:
That's certainly good news, even if it's only following two innings. Peavy's health will be monitored as closely as anyone this year, and any sign of trouble will be cause for concern. Unfortunately, that's the state of Jake Peavy right now, as Chicago Tribune Live explained:
Peavy will turn 31 in late May. That's not too late for a renaissance, but his window is closing fast. He hasn't made 30 or more starts in a season since winning the Cy Young in 2007 and hasn't made 20 or more since 2008. His high-water mark for innings pitched since coming to the Sox is 111 23, with that coming last year. And his ERA with the Sox is 4.49, although he's shown more flashes of brilliance than that number would indicate.
Peavy's 2012 season is not only important to the White Sox -- losing him to an injury would test the organization's starting pitching depth -- but it's also incredibly important to the rest of his career. The Sox aren't likely to pick up his option for 2013 and will probably buy him out for 4 million after the season is over.
A good, injury-free 2012 could land Peavy a nice multi-year deal. But another injury-riddled campaign will almost certainly mean he'll have to take a one-year deal and once again have to prove himself.
If Peavy's healthy, success will come. But that's a big if given the last few years.