Peavy hit by liner in solid rehab start
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy was hit on his right elbow Monday near the end of a minor league rehab start, but was able to stay in the game.
The right-hander will travel to join the White Sox on Tuesday in Boston, but no decision has been made yet as to when he will next pitch.
"We haven't set any definite plans. That is the bottom line," Peavy said. "We haven't set a hard date. People have speculated on dates. But we're just taking it start by start.
"I don't know how sore my elbow will be. Obviously, that could be a factor. We'll see."
Peavy took a liner off his elbow in the fifth inning of his third rehab start, and only needed one more pitch -- a 90 mph fastball -- to end his scoreless outing for Charlotte of the International League.
"It didn't hit [me] that hard," Peavy said. "I made a good pitch after that. ... I don't think it got me too square."
Peavy's elbow was swollen and red after Charlotte's 4-1 victory over Gwinnett in the first game of a doubleheader.
"It's sore," Peavy said. "I'm sure it's going to be sore [Tuesday]. Hopefully, it won't be a problem."
Acquired at the July trade deadline from San Diego, Peavy was encouraged otherwise by his outing. "It was a good step," he said. "I could definitely see progress."
Peavy, who made his last start for the Padres on June 8 before being sidelined by a strained tendon in his right ankle, allowed four singles, struck out three and walked two, throwing 52 of his 80 pitches for strikes.
Gwinnett had at least one runner on in each inning against him, but only one got to second base.
Peavy showed his ankle is healthy when he covered first base without a problem on a grounder to end the fourth inning. But then came the scare in the fifth on the liner by Wes Timmons that deflected to shortstop for an infield hit.
The right-hander indicated he was OK and got Brandon Jones to ground out to first base on the next pitch.
Peavy was pitching on an extra day of rest after struggling in a start against Durham last Tuesday. He allowed five hits and four runs, three earned, over four innings in that outing.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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