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Peavy throws 3 scoreless innings in rehab outing
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 8/14/2009 12:01 AM

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After Jake Peavy threw his third and final bullpen session at U.S. Cellular Field last Saturday and prepared to head to Class AAA Charlotte for a minor-league rehab assignment, White Sox general manager Kenny Williams was a little worried.

Out since June 9 with a bad right ankle, Peavy has been raring to jump right back in and help out his new team after joining the Sox in a July 31 trade from the San Diego Padres.

Williams' concern? That Peavy would push for reinstatement after two minor-league starts. Choosing the safe route, the White Sox want the 28-year-old righty to make three.

One Sox executive who was in Charlotte to watch Peavy Thursday said: "How Jake feels and responds to live game action is far more important than his performance."

Peavy appears to have responded very well during his start against Pawtucket in Fort Mill, N.C., pitching 3 scoreless innings and striking out five while allowing 1 hit and 1 walk.

Peavy - the National League's unanimous Cy Young Award winner in 2007 after going 19-6 while leading the major leagues in ERA (2.54) and strikeouts (240) - threw 43 pitches for Charlotte, 26 for strikes.

It was a promising performance, but Peavy might settle for two more minor-league starter after being sidelined the past two months.

"I don't feel like I'm as strong as I'm going to be," Peavy told Jack Horan of the Charlotte Observer. "I did 3 innings tonight. I'm a long way from going 8-9 innings."

Peavy's fastball topped out at 91-92 mph, a few ticks below his normal velocity.

"I threw every pitch I had, fastball, cutter, curveball, slider, changeup," Peavy said. "The ball was coming out fairly good. I don't feel like I'm as strong as I'm going to be."

Peavy told the Observer he left the game after speaking with Charlotte pitching coach Richard Dotson. His next scheduled start is Tuesday, at Durham.

"He felt pretty good about where he's at," Dotson said.

Showing little rust after the long layoff, Peavy struck out the side in the first inning Thursday.

Charlotte teammate Freddy Garcia is also close to joining the White Sox' starting rotation, and the 32-year-old righty could pitch against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday at U.S Cellular Field.

Garcia, still trying to make a full recovery from shoulder surgery two years ago, started for Charlotte on Tuesday and allowed 2 runs on 8 hits in 6 innings. He also had 9 strikeouts.

Sox manager Ozzie Guillen told reporters in Seattle Wednesday night Garcia is "real excited," but isn't sure when he'll join the Sox.

Heading into tonight's game at Oakland, the White Sox are reportedly going to place rookie second baseman Chris Getz (oblique) on the disabled list and recall Brent Lillibridge from Charlotte.

Scouting report

White Sox vs. Oakland Athletics at McAfee Coliseum

TV: Channel 9 today; No TV Saturday; Comcast SportsNet Sunday

Radio: WSCR 670-AM

Pitching matchups: The Sox' Jose Contreras (4-11) vs. Brett Anderson (7-8) today at 9:05 p.m.; Gavin Floyd (9-7) vs. Gio Gonzalez (4-2) Saturday at 3:05 p.m.; John Danks (9-8) vs. Trevor Cahill (6-12) Sunday at 3:05 p.m.

At a glance: The White Sox are off to a 1-2 start on their West Coast road trip after losing to the Seattle Mariners 1-0 in 14 innings Wednesday night. The A's are buried in the AL West cellar, but they've won 7 of their last 10 and have 35 stolen bases since the all-star break, the most in the majors. Alex Rios started in right field and batted third while going 1-for-6 (2 strikeouts) in his Sox debut Wednesday. With the left-handed Anderson on the mound for Oakland tonight, Rios is likely to replace Scott Podsednik in center field and bat first. The A's won 3 of 4 against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field in early June. The Sox are 8-28 at the Coliseum since 2001.

Next: Kansas City Royals at U.S. Cellular Field, Monday-Wednesday