Black Jack

Will Jake Peavy be ready?

  I was just doing some math.  I haven't seen the White Sox timetable on Jake Peavy yet but here's how I see it.
  Jake just threw his first bullpen session in 6 weeks, basically now starting from scratch, say spring training time. He said his ankle felt better, but it's still not 100%.  I don't see how the White Sox can expect Jake back by the end of August.  Let's say he throws three more side sessions, two days apart, that takes us to the 12th or so.  Then he has to get some game innings and start to build back being game ready.

  So, if his first minor league rehab start is on the 15th, then the 20th then the 25th.  Will three rehab starts be enough?  That is a realistic fast track that I just wrote up.  No setbacks, very quick ready time.  That would REALLY surprise me if we see Peavy make a start in the Big Leagues before the middle of Sept.

   Just thinking...

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rustysurf83 said:

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KW said a couple of rehab starts and ideally back for the Yankees or Red Sox on the road trip towards the end of the month.

Jack McDowell said:

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That sounds really quick, but we'll have to see. Maybe he has been longtossing and staying ready more than was reported or maybe they're gonna let him get his feet wet a couple of innings at a time? Seems crazy to throw him in either one of those series if he's not able to go six or seven.

bkelly said:

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What's the hardest part of coming back from an injury like he's had? Do you think it takes more time getting back into game shape, or is it more of the mental hurdle of worrying about re injuring himself?

Jack McDowell said:

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It's twofold, getting back into shape and working past injury fear. remember Contreras got back from injury with arm fine but took him a while to get groove going. Granted this is by no means similar because of the time off differential!

part-time pariah said:

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he claims he's pain free and the ankle is fine. looks like he's just worried about getting back into his groove, pitching-wise.

god i hope so.

Mario Scalise said:

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I'm not sure if this would be like spring training though. He hasn't pitched in 6 weeks. Guys are entering spring training after 3-4 months off. I'm sure the Sox time-table is a bit optimistic, but I'd think 3 starts and some side sessions would be enough.

Jack McDowell said:

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Just so you know, nobody takes that much time off in the offseason. Everyone comes into spring training ready to roll and healthy. A DL stint of 15 days requires no rehab starts, 6 weeks will require a few which is similar to spring training because about the third start guys are throwing 5 and 6 innings and really ready to go. And of course with no setbacks, he will be ready to take the hill. But will he be Jake peavy? Or will he be getting into his groove a bit slower?

Mario Scalise said:

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Oh, I know guys aren't just laying around during the off-season. The layoff is still considerable.

You're right though in that when he takes the mound, you still have to wonder how effective he will be. I guess it all depend how the fill-in starters work. If Torres or Carrasco or whoever do the job, then it would be wise to give Peavy an extra start or two down in the minors. But if those guys tank and are only going 3-4 innings, then they'd be better off with a healthy yet not 100% effective Peavy.

eriqjaffe said:

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Ultimately, as long as the Sox can hang in the race, a mid-September return would be fine - the Sox would then essentially have a fresh Jake Peavy for the last couple weeks of the season and (if they get there) the post-season.

If the Sox can't hang in the race, they could essentially shut Peavy down this year, and they'll still have him in the rotation for the next few years.

Jack McDowell said:

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So, he's here to only help IN the postseason and truly not to get us there. he sounds like a closer! Your team wins the game for 8 innings and then you get to pad your stats for three outs! Great for Jake!

part-time pariah said:

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totally off topic, but is anyone watching this game? i've never been so frustrated while losing by one run.

Jack McDowell said:

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You can't still be frustrated! And BTW, how's my boy Beckham doing? I guess I was totally off base on the kid! Go Sox!

bully said:

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Black Jack you were spot on. Beckham isn't going to be a star...he is already. What an ballplayer!

part-time pariah said:

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why is hawk harrelson taking his sweet-ass time giving beckham a nickname. this kid needs something. i hear a lot of people tossing 'bacon' around. not sure if i like that one yet.

john in cary said:

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guillen already gave bacon... er... i mean beckham a nickname.

part-time pariah said:

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haha, yea the game turned out fine, but man jose was killing me. 5 BBs???? for real????

john in cary said:

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anyone else notice a change in the team's attitude since the trade? it seems that since kenny william's "dare to dream" speech that this club actually sees itself as a winner.

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