Jake Peavy is doing his best to tune out the trade whispers, but recognizes his time in Chicago may be limited.
The right-hander was activated from the disabled list on Friday, and will make his first start since June 4 on Saturday against Atlanta at U.S. Cellular Field. The fractured rib kept Peavy on the shelf also put the trade rumors on hold, but those will come back with Peavy's return to the majors.
"I haven’t heard any trade talk, to be honest with you," Peavy said. "Just to show up and know at the end of the day. I did monitor trade talk in the past. I had some say in it. I have zero say in it (now). So at the end of the day, I’m not going to worry about it because it won’t do me any good to speculate on what I hear."
Peavy won't be on a strict pitch count Saturday afternoon, getting a chance to cut things loose against a first-place club 11 days before the non-waiver trade deadline. That's the product of Peavy's injury not being to his arm or shoulder, something manager Robin Ventura stressed when asked about any limitations for him.
Peavy's excited for his start, but also did a bit of hedging given the time between now and his last major league start.
"I feel like a little kid getting turned back loose on the playground after having a couple of broken legs," Peavy said. "I feel excited as if it was Opening Day. Excited to get back out but at the same time you know, you’ve got to be smart with knowing that my feel is probably not quite up to par with what it is and obviously stamina, but that’s something we’re working on and we’ll monitor closely tomorrow.”
Crain takes first step in return
Jesse Crain played catch from 70-80 feet on Friday and hopes to return to a mound in a week. The All-Star reliever has been on the disabled list since late June with a strained right shoulder, an issue he's dealt with a few times in the past.
Ventura thinks Crain will need a rehab stint in the minors before returning to the White Sox. Like Peavy, when Crain returns to the majors his name will resurface in trade rumors, as the right-hander -- who boasts a 0.74 ERA in 36 2/3 innings -- may be the most sought-after reliever available before July 31.
"Today was my first day back and I think I felt better today than I did all last week," Crain said. "Hopefully that's a step forward."
Sox-Jays makeup date announced
The White Sox and Blue Jays will make up their rained-out June 12 game on Monday, Sept. 23 at U.S. Cellular Field. Tickets and parking passes from the June 12 game will be honored on Sept. 23, and fans can also redeem their June 12 tickets for one of the final four regular season home games against Kansas City (Sept. 26-29).