Peavy not on pitch count; Konerko could return Monday

Peavy not on pitch count; Konerko could return Monday
July 20, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Alex Ruppenthal

Jake Peavy, who is making his first start Saturday since June 4 after suffering a fractured rib, is not on a pitch count, per se.

"I don't look at it as a pitch count,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “I look at it more as how he's doing physically. It's going to be hot. You kind of go from there. I know he threw about 84, 85 pitches in his rehab start … Anywhere in the 90s, 100, is probably good for him."

Scouts from multiple teams reportedly will be at U.S. Cellular Field to watch Peavy’s start. He would have been a no-doubt trade candidate if not for the recent injury. Teams will want to make sure he’s healthy -– and pitching well -– before making a deal.

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Also on the injury front, Paul Konerko went 0-for-4 in his second rehab game with Double-A Birmingham, including a lineout against former Cubs closer Carlos Marmol.

It’s looking like Konerko could return to the Sox’s lineup Monday against Detroit.

"I hope so,” Ventura said. “I haven't talked to him. But listening to what [trainer] Herm [Schneider] said, he feels pretty good."