SEATTLE -- White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy will miss four-to-six weeks with a fractured left rib, the team announced Wednesday.
An MRI taken on Wednesday morning revealed a non-displaced rib fracture on Peavy’s left side. Although Peavy will be re-evaluated throughout the time frame, doctors have informed him the only treatment is rest.
“It’s just unfortunate,” Peavy said. “It’s unfortunate that something crazy like this comes about. The only other time I’ve had this was in the offseason. So you are rested. The hardest thing is there is nothing to do to help a bone heal quicker. You don’t cast it. You feel normal, but yet you can’t even ride a bike, your breathing. There’s not a whole lot.”
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Peavy left Tuesday’s start after only 2 1/3 innings after he allowed six earned runs. The right-hander, an All-Star last season, discovered the injury on Sunday in Oakland. He visited a doctor on Monday and was given several options but believed he could pitch anyway.
Peavy is 6-4 with a 4.30 ERA in 11 starts this season. Hector Santiago will replace Peavy in the rotation on Sunday, manager Robin Ventura said early Wednesday.
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Peavy still isn’t certain how the injury occurred.
“It was not one incident that I ever felt anything happen,” Peavy said. “I started feeling it in Oakland. I think I did some things thinking it was a rib out of place and getting adjusted and having my back cracked, that certainly didn’t help as we found out today. And obviously last night trying to go through it caused a little more edema and blood to the area and it may take a little bit more time because we tried to push through it.”