It’s very likely that Jake Peavy has pitched his final game for the Chicago White Sox.
According to a source familiar with the situation, Peavy has been scratched from his start tonight against the Cleveland Indians. The White Sox told Peavy last night of their intentions for him not to pitch. While a deal has yet to be put together, there are indications that a trade could be completed by tomorrow’s trade deadline.
It makes sense for the White Sox to scratch Peavy tonight, because the team that acquires him wants him to arrive ready to pitch, not coming off a meaningless start and unable to pitch again for four days. There's also the chance he could get hurt. Why risk it?
Of course, Peavy might also be traded by game time.
As a backup plan, the White Sox put the wheels in motion yesterday for Andre Rienzo to be called up from Triple-A Charlotte to make his MLB debut tonight. Rienzo threw a seven-inning no-hitter in his previous start against the Indianapolis Indians on Thursday. and has given up just 12 runs in his last 10 starts. He would be the first Brazilian to ever pitch in the major leagues.
Peavy, who has been living with the wild trade rumors for the last two weeks, told reporters Monday he was looking forward to a resolution, either staying or going.
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“I’ll be happy when Wednesday is here and there’s no more speculation,” Peavy said. “I know there’s a good chance I could possibly start and there’s a good chance I won’t start. I don’t know what else to say.”