Peavy set for Wednesday start in New York

Peavy set for Wednesday start in New York

May 6, 2013, 12:45 pm
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KANSAS CITY -- Jake Peavy threw off a mound Monday at Kauffman Stadium and deemed himself good to start for the White Sox Wednesday night at Citi Field.

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The right-hander was scratched from a scheduled outing May 2 with back spasms, and initially hoped to start Monday's makeup game in Kansas City. But after feeling discomfort while playing catch Saturday, Peavy was scratched for Monday.

"(Sunday) I really threw for the first time without it grabbing me pretty hard," Peavy said. "Two days ago it was still grabbing me pretty hard, and I had to be relatively pain free two days prior to me pitching."

Peavy said he felt good enough throwing Monday that he probably could've pitched against Kansas City, even if he wasn't completely prepared. He'll only miss one turn in the rotation, something he credits to head trainer Herm Schneider and strength coach Allen Thomas.

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"Give them the due respect they have," Peavy said. "A few days ago I didn’t feel good at all, and only to be missing one start. So for me to feel the way I did and miss only one start, I can’t thank them enough to get me back out there and hopefully we can turn this thing around and get in the win column more often."

Peavy's confident the spasms and tightness won't return. The White Sox have a long flight to New York ahead of them, and with the game taking place in a National League park, Peavy will have to hit, too.

"I’ll swing a bat if I need to swing a bat, bunt if it’s called on," Peavy said. "I love the National League game and if I can pitch and participate in an American League game, I could do the same in a National League game. It wasn’t a thought."

Peavy said the most important thing he has to get back in the feel for his pitches, since he hasn't started a game since April 26. He'll also have to be ready to field his position, which could involve making quick movements off the mound in addition to pitching and hitting.

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But Peavy feels he's not only cleared the physical hurdles, but also the mental ones.

"You can’t think about it when you’re pitching," Peavy said. "You can think about staying compact and taking care of yourself, but you guys know when I get out there Wednesday night I’ll be a wreck at times the way my body moves. Just try to cover those bases, and it felt good."