Jake Peavy wasn’t a fan of the conditions he faced in Huntsville, Ala., but he’ll take the results.
Peavy allowed a run and five hits with two walks in five innings in a rehab start for Double-A Birmingham at Huntsville on Sunday. The White Sox right-hander threw 90 pitches in his first game action since he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left rib on June 5.
“The biggest thing was the strength and stamina in this heat with limited cardio work because of the injury,” Peavy said. “ I got my body through the fatigue and (lack of) strength part of it. … I think this is a good test for me, at the end of the day. I threw (90 pitches). I’m ready to pitch. My arm strength needs to get better, but I think I can get my feel back.’’
Peavy admits he slowed down the deeper he worked into Sunday’s game. He issued both of his walks in his final two innings.
“The sharpness and command got away in the fourth and fifth innings when I walked those guys,” Peavy said. “That’s in part to the fatigue factor. To be honest with you, it was tough to get the adrenaline going. I had more adrenaline going in the simulated game. There weren’t many fans in the stands, and it was hot."
Though Peavy isn’t a fan of pitching in the minor leagues, the White Sox wanted to avoid starting him in a major league game after six weeks on the sidelines. Peavy is hopeful he can pitch against the Atlanta Braves next weekend with the White Sox.
“I hope so,” Peavy said. “I wasn’t crazy sharp from the get-go. I had better command on Tuesday, as this was not a controlled environment when things were better. I got to get it back.”