Jake Peavy’s focus is on the field.
The White Sox pitcher knows any number of scouts will be on hand Thursday afternoon to watch him pitch when he faces Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander. But even as the trade deadline nears and his uniform could change shortly, Peavy knows he’d do himself and the White Sox a disservice if he doesn’t focus on his job.
Thursday is Peavy’s second start since he was activated off the 15-day disabled list last Friday. He earned the win Saturday, when he allowed two earned runs over six innings.
“I'm sure that there'll be some scouts here but that's, honestly, come (1 p.m. Thursday) that'll be the last thing that I'll be thinking of, who'll be watching me. I'll be worried about getting Austin Jackson out, not anything about who's in the stands watching.”
But Peavy isn’t dumb.
He knows the scouts are there. Almost every team that needs a starting pitcher has been linked to him, and Peavy said general manager Rick Hahn has kept him up to date.
“Rick does an incredible job of staying in contact with us,” Peavy said. “If something does happen I'm not going to be caught off-guard by it.”
Peavy said he has mostly healed as he recovers from his fractured left rib. But he doesn’t expect it distract him from his task, either.
“We've worked on things, and I do feel better,” Peavy said. “There's still some soreness in there. ... Hopefully the next 24 hours I'll recover even more than I have and should feel good for tomorrow.”
Crain is OK
Jesse Crain played catch a day after he threw in the bullpen and said he’s still day-to-day.
The right-hander, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since July 3 with a right shoulder strain, described himself as OK. Crain is tentatively scheduled to pitch in the bullpen again Thursday but said he would know more after he first plays catch.
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“That’s the only way I can take it, is see how I feel each day and go from there,” Crain said. “It’s similar to what I’ve been going through the whole time. I don’t know exactly how I would have felt throwing today. I threw today because it’s kind of our program, throwing two days and taking a day off. So, I think it’s important that I don’t overdo it when I’m trying to come back. ... I wish I had more answers but that’s the way we’re taking it now.”
Beckham improved but uncertain
Gordon Beckham hit soft toss in the indoor cage and should have a better idea how he feels on Thursday. The White Sox second baseman, who sat out his fourth straight game, performed his first activity since Sunday.
“I was kind of left on the fence of whether it was good or bad,” Beckham said. “It was more dull soreness than it was pain, so I think that was a good thing. It got a little better towards the end of the session. That’s a positive thing. It’s all how it reacts (Thursday) from doing a little swinging, even though it wasn’t much. If it’s worse tomorrow than we’ll have a better idea of what’s going to happen. If it’s about the same then we’ll go from there.”