Peavy's injury diagnosis is apparently the best-case scenario

Peavy's injury diagnosis is apparently the best-case scenario

His arm's still attached to his body, and we're still attached to his arm // Chicago Tribune

Perhaps the White Sox offense is a dead alligator felled by a fanboat in a shallow swamp in the Everglades at the moment.  Still, there's a positive side to everything; the bullen has stayed out of the press (did you SEE Jesse Crain's 8th?  BOSS!), Ramon Castro threw a basestealer out on Monday, and that alligator--while dead--is still in Florida.

Keeping up with the theme of finding the silver lining in the knife portruding from your arm, the initially dire opening reports from Jake Peavy's outing Monday night (Only 15 pitches--shellacked by AA-hitters--left mound in discomfort--might have to move back in with parents), seem to not be as disastrous and harmful to the most helium-filled, pie-in-the-sky projections for the White Sox (read: mine) as initially thought.

If we can try to cobble facts together, Peavy pitched remarkably, drastically, noticeably poorly in a brief amount of time, left the game after reporting discomfort (You can err on the side of cautionnnn--YYYYYESSS!), was flown to Chicago, had an MRI come back negative (that's good!), had a clinical exam come back fine (that's good!), and will skip a start and go back on anti-inflammatories after being diagnosed as having tenderness in the lat muscle (that's...uh....Peavyish?).

It's certainly never good when your $15 million pitcher gets lit up by C.J. Retherford then staggers off in agony, and it's definitely disconcerting whenever Jake feels pain in a muscle with a history for tearing off.

But as J.J. emphasized, pretty much every blip with Peavy is going to be highly disconcerting for a while, even if it actually is just the inflammation one can expect when they haven't been in the habit of throwing a ball inhumanly hard for a while.  When Jake came off the mound Monday, I thought the best case scenario was the type of inflammation that set him back in Spring Training, with the worst-case scenario obviously being him disappearing for 5 years and coming back as a reliever for the Yankees.

As far as setbacks with Jake Peavy go, missing a rehab start is about the lightest the Sox have gotten off with yet.

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  • But then, EVERYTHING about Peavy has been the best case scenario. His comeback last year went great. Woo hoo! His surgery went great. Woo hoo! He's way ahead of schedule this year. Woo hoo! His injury now is the best possible injury. Woo hoo!

    This all sounds like the "We swear this wasn't a bust" mantra to me.

  • In reply to MatthewWeflen:

    In defense of the organization (ugh, this can only go to bad places), I meant 'best-case scenario' in terms of my level of horrible, soul-wrenching dread.

    We sent San Diego two of our top prospects (who both busted instantaneously) and a slightly above league average pitcher in exchange for an 'ace', and are still losing the trade at the moment. An actual best-case scenario left the room a long time ago and isn't coming back.

  • In reply to MatthewWeflen:

    Oops, forgot Adam Russell. He produced around 0.4 fWAR in two years as a reliever for the Padres, then was a throw-in for the Jason Bartlett trade. This still just furthers my point, which was only just an effort to support your point, that yes, we functionally traded Clayton Richard for Jake Peavy straight-up, and are losing, so 'best-case scenario' is a term that might get some strange looks.

    So, to clarify--after all this--I meant best-case scenario solely in terms that at the moment I heard he came off the mound after 15 pitches in Birmingham, I wondered if this was the end of his career.

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