HOUSTON -- Jake Peavy could be headed for an exercise bike soon.
He’s still limited, but the White Sox pitcher said the fracture in his left rib has begun to improve. Peavy went on the 15-day disabled list on June 5 and believes some of the work restrictions may be lifted after he surpasses the two-week mark.
Peavy, who is 6-4 with a 4.30 ERA in 11 starts, also said he may take a second MRI near the end of this 10-game road trip to determine he has begun to heal properly.
At the time he got hurt, the White Sox said they believed Peavy will return to the mound no later than six weeks afterward.
“I do feel a whole lot better moving around,” Peavy said. “They still won’t let me do anything. I asked yesterday if I could ride the bike or stretch, and still they said the two-week period to let the process start before we do anything. I guess the biggest thing is any kind of heavy breathing in my diaphragm, expanding, we’re trying to stay away from that. My life has been pretty easy as far as physical activity goes these past few weeks. It’s been as uneasy as can be when the team is going the way it’s going and you can’t be a factor.”
Peavy said he’s still affected by coughing and sneezing. He also has to limit how much he laughs and said sleeping in the right position is critical.
“It’s still very painful,” Peavy said. “The biggest thing is holding when that’s about to happen. Just try to hold pressure on the area kind of helps out. But I’ll sneeze and cough and sleeping is the toughest thing. Moving around when you’re sleep is the toughest thing that I get it aggravated.”
Peavy hopes he’ll be able to play a little guitar when he hosts the Jake Peavy & Friends Charity Jam on Sunday night at Joe’s on Weed Street in Lincoln Park. The event includes an auction, raffle, food, music and several White Sox players in an effort to raise money for charity to fight cancer.
Crain and Reed likely to pitch
Jesse Crain and Addison Reed haven’t pitched in seven and six days, respectively. They’re both at the point where manager Robin Ventura is likely to call upon them on Monday regardless of the score. With the White Sox having lost four straight after two days off, one because of weather last Wednesday, there hasn’t been much call for the back end of the team’s bullpen. But Ventura knows its time to get his relievers going again.
“You can’t have them sitting down there waiting for an opportunity,” Ventura said. “So you have to keep them fresh and keep them in there so they’re probably more apt to be in there regardless of how the game is going. Hopefully it’s the normal situation, Jesse has the eighth and Addison the ninth. They have to pitch. You have to keep them in there so they don’t feel like they’re just sitting down there waiting for something, but you don’t know when it’s going to happen.”
-- With Minnesota and Kansas City ahead, Ventura didn’t shoot down the possibility an additional left-hander reliever could be on the way to aide the club. Currently, Matt Thornton is the only lefty in the White Sox pen as they prepare for matchups against left-handed heavy teams. Lefties are only 5-for-33 against Triple-A Charlotte pitcher David Purcey while his teammate Donnie Veal is 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 24 innings.
-- Double-A outfielder Trayce Thompson was named the Southern League hitter of the week. Thompson, who plays for the Birmingham Barons, went 10-for-23 (.435) with three home runs, nine RBIs and five runs between June 10-16.