Sunday, March 27, 2011
Posted 4:49 p.m.
GLENDALE, Ariz. - After throwing his first bullpen session Sunday since suffering right rotator cuff tendinitis, Chicago White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy said he will stay in Arizona to continue his rehabilitation.
Peavy said he will rejoin the team in Chicago in time for their homestand that starts April 7, and then probably start a minor league rehabilitation assignment of about three to four starts.
Peavy said he felt fine after throwing more than 30 pitches off a mound under the supervision of pitching coach Don Cooper. Manager Ozzie Guillen, bullpen coach Juan Nieves and minor league pitching coaches Kirk Champion and Curt Hasler also observed.
Peavy stressed that he would defer to the Sox's medical staff but understands that he will need to build arm strength after not pitching since March 19.
In another matter, pitcher Jeff Marquez wasn't at Sunday's pre-game workout, and his locker was cleaned out - a sign that Marquez was placed on waivers.
Teammates cannot comment or announce which players have been placed on waivers, but the Sox appear to be leaning toward an 11-man pitching staff while carrying utility player Brent Lillibridge and outfielder Lastings Milledge as backups.
The Sox might not finalize their roster until Tuesday, when they could learn whether Marquez has been claimed by another team or has cleared waivers. The Sox will leave Arizona after playing Kansas City on Tuesday.
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Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox are about to roll through Chicago's South Side.
At the tail end of the holiday weekend, Sale and Co. will return to the place he called home for seven years.
Sale was initially scheduled to start in the series opener Monday against longtime teammate Jose Quintana, but the Red Sox will now throw out David Price in his 2017 debut.
The 28-year-old Sale is slotted in for Tuesday night's outing.
Asked how emotional he'll be returning to Chicago, Sale brushed it off:
"I don't have time to think about that right now," he said. "Get ready for it like any other start. I've pitched there a lot so I should be alright."
Sale last pitched Wednesday against the Texas Rangers, picking up his fifth win of the season with 7.1 strong innings. It was also the first time Sale didn't strike out at least 10 batters in a start since his 2017 debut on April 5, going eight straight starts with double digit whiffs.
On the season, Sale is 5-2 with a 2.34 ERA and 0.81 WHIP averaging a ridiculous 12.5 strikeouts per nine innings. Sale leads the league in games started, innings, strikeouts, WHIP and FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching).
The big southpaw appeared in 228 games for the White Sox — including 148 starts — posting a 74-50 record with a 3.00 ERA, 1.065 WHIP and 1,244 strikeouts in 1,110 innings.
The White Sox take on the Detroit Tigers in a doubleheader today, and you can catch all the action on CSN and live streaming on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.
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Game 1 starting pitching matchup: Mike Pelfrey (1-4, 4.85 ERA) vs. Matthew Boyd (2-4, 5.36 ERA)
Game 2 starting pitching matchup: Tyler Danish (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Buck Farmer (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
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