Jake Peavy 'fine' after second start

Updated: March 10, 2011, 1:15 PM ET
By Doug Padilla | ESPNChicago.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Chicago White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy continued to insist Thursday that the soreness he tried to pitch through Wednesday, and was still feeling a day later, is completely normal.

"I feel fine; I came out of it fine," Peavy said Thursday before heading to the training room for his typical post-start treatment. "I told you [Wednesday] I didn't feel that great. It was a grind, and I didn't really bounce back that great and feel as fresh as I wanted to. But I'm pretty sure it's standard for this time of year. I just got to keep working."

Peavy said there is no reason to think he won't be able to make his next start Monday against his former team, the San Diego Padres.

In his second start of the spring, and second outing since his latissimus dorsi muscle tore off the bone last July, Peavy didn't have his best stuff but was still able to retire the first 11 batters he faced in a lineup that included most of the Giants' regulars from a World Series title last fall.

The outing went south quickly, though, when Aubrey Huff homered to end his perfect run and Buster Posey walked. After letting Posey get away, Peavy grimaced, a sign that was reportedly taken by a Giants webcast broadcaster to mean he hurt himself. Peavy disputed that account Thursday.

"I was in disgust for the walk," Peavy said about his look of discomfort. "They should [know]. In San Fran, they've seen me for quite a while. That's completely false."

One radar gun reportedly had Peavy throwing at 91 mph Wednesday, an excellent sign considering that the right-hander admitted he was off the throttle a little bit because of that persistent spring soreness and a tight hamstring.

"Like I said, I didn't feel great, and when you don't feel great, you don't want to rev the engine up," he said. "You pull back and get through it healthy and gain some arm strength. It was a good day, and today is a good day. I'll try to throw some of the soreness out for a little bit and do enough to get on a mound."

As for how long the soreness will linger, discomfort that isn't related to his July surgery, is anybody's guess. After all, he has pitched in just two games since July.

"That whole dead arm thing," he said, of the bump in the road nearly all pitchers experience during spring training, "it's just kind of that stuff going on. Nothing pain wise. Absolutely not.

"It normally takes about the middle part of spring, sometimes it's a week, sometimes three weeks. I'm just not sure."

Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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