ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 11: Jake Peavy #44 of the Chicago White Sox throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on May 11, 2011 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Jake Peavy Still Recovering From Surgery, Despite Return To Rotation

While Jake Peavy is back and part of the White Sox's new six-man rotation, he is still regaining his strength from 2010 shoulder surgery.

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Jake Peavy Won't Be Jake Peavy For A Good While

Last July, White Sox starter Jake Peavy had to have surgery to re-attach a torn lat muscle that had detached from where it was supposed to be in his shoulder. It was a radical operation, but it worked, and just Wednesday Peavy made his return to the White Sox rotation, even after experiencing some problems during the spring. Facing the Angels, he threw six innings, allowing four runs while striking out four and not walking anybody.

But while Peavy's back - and while that's exciting enough - he's not yet back to being himself. Writes Daryl Van Schouwen:

To recover fully from surgery to re-attach a torn lat muscle, doctors told him to be patient -- it will take 12-18 months.

"I’m about 80 percent of what I was when I was in San Diego,’’ said Peavy, who won a Cy Young Award with the Padres in 2007.

The bad news is that Peavy isn't pitching at 100%, even after all this time. The good news, though, is that he should in theory only get stronger as the season progresses and he puts more distance between himself and his operation. Where most pitchers tend to wear down over the course of the summer, Peavy may get better, and if all goes according to plan he could be setting himself up for a big 2012.

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Jake Peavy Returning To Rotation On Wednesday

After an uncertain offseason and experimental surgery, Chicago White Sox starter Jake Peavy seemed to have more than his share of setbacks trying to return to the rotation. After several rehab starts and bullpen sessions, though, Peavy appears ready to rejoin the roster. From Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune:

Oz confirms Peavy to start Wednesday

Peavy represents a tender-armed cavalry for the fading White Sox, who have one of the worst records in baseball at 14-22. The right-hander has made five rehab starts, giving up 13 runs in 23 innings with 21 strikeouts between Double-A and Triple-A

There is no corresponding move to the rotation yet, though, as Philip Humber, who was Peavy's replacement, is having the best season of any White Sox starter. As Daryl Van Schouwen of the Sun Times puts it:

Humber has essentially forced Sox to try some sort of 6-man rotation

It's better to have too many starting pitchers, of course, and without an obvious scapegoat in the Chicago rotation -- only Edwin Jackson has an ERA+ below the league average -- it looks like it will be a six-man rotation for Chicago until someone decides to hand their job back.

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Jake Peavy Injury Not Serious After MRI Comes Back Clean

On Monday, White Sox starter Jake Peavy had to leave a rehab start after throwing only 15 pitches with what was termed "discomfort". It put a great scare into those fans who were eager to see Peavy return to the bigs, and while Peavy was scheduled for an evaluation on Tuesday, it's safe to say the mood was nervous.

Fortunately, the news appears to be good. According to Mark Gonzales, Peavy had an MRI that came back clean, showing no new damage in his shoulder area. He's dealing with muscle irritation in his lat, and as such he will be placed on anti-inflammatories for six days.

Peavy will skip a start and resume a throwing program in four days, so this is definitely a setback, but given that things could've been a lot worse, it just isn't that big of a deal. Philip Humber will continue to keep Peavy's rotation spot warm in Chicago until the veteran is able to make his return.

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Jake Peavy Leaves Rehab Start With Discomfort

Earlier on Monday, we told you that Jake Peavy had been removed from a rehab start after just 15 pitches. It wasn't clear at the time what had actually happened, but courtesy of Brett Ballantini, we have something of a vague update:

Initial rept on Peavy: "left with discomfort" further eval tmrw

Discomfort where? Discomfort of what severity? These question are, for the time being, left unanswered. But Peavy has been rehabbing from rotator cuff tendinitis, so it wouldn't be a surprise to hear that his shoulder is barking once again.

Peavy will be evaluated on Tuesday, after which we should hear a few more details about what's going on. It's possible this could just be a minor setback, but it's also possible this could be something more sinister, and what's basically certain is that Peavy will not be returning to the Chicago rotation at the end of the month, as planned. That's good news for Philip Humber, and bad news for the rest of the White Sox.

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Jake Peavy Removed From Rehab Start Early

White Sox starter Jake Peavy was sidelined out of spring training with a bout of rotator cuff tendinitis that Ozzie Guillen predicted would cause him to miss his first three or four starts of the season. He's been making rehab starts in the minors, and he put himself on track to return at the end of the month, but now on Monday evening, we get some troubling news:

Peavy throws 15 pitches in the first, .2 IP. Removed from start at AA Birmingham. Uh-oh.

Now, it's currently unknown why Peavy came out. He had allowed three runs and four hits in the brief outing. But it doesn't make sense that a minor league manager would remove a starter like Peavy that early for ineffectiveness unless something else was wrong, and one is left to wonder if something physical has flared up.

We'll update you when we know more about the situation. In Peavy's place in the rotation, Philip Humber has made two starts, allowing five runs in 11 innings. If Peavy's rehab has to be extended, it'll be Humber who benefits.

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Jake Peavy Slowed By Rotator Cuff Tendinitis; Will Miss First Few Starts

Last July, White Sox starter Jake Peavy had to go under the knife to repair a lat muscle that had detached in his shoulder. It was a unique procedure, but Peavy came to camp this spring looking to grab a rotation slot, and he seemed to be doing just that until he came up with a bit of rotator cuff tendinitis.

Now, Peavy is scheduled to meet with his surgeon - Dr. Anthony Romeo - on Wednesday. The good news is that Peavy has had an MRI on his shoulder that showed no damage at the surgical site. It doesn't appear that Peavy is dealing with a serious injury, here. Romeo believes that Peavy was simply putting a little too much stress on his shoulder a little too soon in camp, and is now feeling discomfort as a result.

Ozzie Guillen projects that Peavy will miss his first three or four starts of the year as he recovers. Peavy did play a very simple and limited game of catch Tuesday morning. Once he comes back, Romeo cautions not to expect him to be at 100% right away, as he'll have to start with a modest pitch count and see how his body responds before ramping things up.

Philip Humber stands to slide into the rotation to take Peavy's place for as long as he's sidelined.

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