KANSAS CITY -- Jake Peavy hopes he’ll take the next step in his rehab process soon.
The White Sox pitcher has continued to ride the exercise bike, take part in the athletic training staff’s shoulder program and other limited activities, but he is looking for an increase.
Peavy, who is expected to be out at least another 10 days to 3 1/2 weeks with a fractured left rib, hasn’t yet run or thrown. He also is waiting to see if the team orders another MRI to determine whether or not he’s healing properly, though based on how he feels, Peavy suspects he’s doing fine.
“I think we’ve had pretty good results with the stuff we’ve done,” Peavy said. “It’s not completely gone by any means but it is a lot better and I don’t feel it nearly as much doing my everyday activities. I think the healing process is definitely underway and hopefully we’ll let that finish up while we’re kind of getting ready -- without having any setbacks would be the greatest thing.”
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Peavy is 6-4 with a 4.30 ERA in 11 starts this season.
Keppinger stays hot
Jeff Keppinger got on base four times in Saturday’s game despite what he feels is the necessary preparation for him to stay hot.
Since Gordon Beckham returned to the lineup 18 games ago, Keppinger has appeared in only nine contests. The timing has been difficult considering that Keppinger has a .320/.354/.373 slash line with a homer and nine RBIs in 79 plate appearances over his last 21 games.
“For me it’s more game, I can make the adjustments getting out there and playing more games than it is really batting practice,” Keppinger said. “Batting practice, they’re kind of lobbing it in there for you. A lot of time it’s timing and I said about a month ago it was going to start coming around for me and I think over probably my last 20, 25 games it has.”
Manager Robin Ventura said he wants to use Keppinger more than just against left-handed pitchers and plans to do so when the veteran matches up well with pitchers.
The White Sox have the good fortune of three days off in the next eight, which should help the club navigate its way through Friday’s doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians.
Because the team has days off Monday and Thursday and another next Monday, the White Sox can likely avoid bringing up another starting pitcher for the doubleheader or the rest of the series versus the Indians.
Chris Sale and John Danks will face the New York Mets on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. With Thursday off, the team can pitch both Hector Santiago and Jose Quintana on Friday with at least four days’ rest -- if they choose to do so -- and go back to Dylan Axelrod (Sunday’s starter in Kansas City) and Sale on normal rest to close out the Cleveland series on Saturday and Sunday.
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The White Sox are allowed to promote one player for the doubleheader and haven’t determined whom they will add, Ventura said. If the team doesn’t require a starter they could add an extra reliever or a position player.
-- Addison Reed’s 21st save of the season on Saturday was the 50th of his career. At 24 years and 177 days he became the second-youngest pitcher in White Sox history behind Terry Forster (22.110) to record 50 saves. Reed needed only 56 tries to reach the mark, the fewest in franchise history. Bobby Jenks went 50-for-57, Forster accomplished it in 59 tries, Roberto Hernandez did in 60 and bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen closed out 50-of-62.
-- Third baseman Conor Gillaspie leads all American League rookies with 47 hits.