GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Like the rest of the White Sox organization, A.J. Pierzynski understands how important Jake Peavy's return is to the 2011 cause.
Yet, Pierzynski does not want Peavy to put extra pressure on himself during his ongoing rehab from season-ending surgery to repair a detached latissimus dorsi muscle in his right shoulder. He doesn't want Peavy to think the season hinges on his return by Opening Day.
"It will be up to [White Sox athletic trainer] Herm [Schneider] and [White Sox manager] Ozzie [Guillen] and those guys to kind of slow him down and say, 'When you are 100 percent, let's do this,'" Pierzynski said. "'We'll use you for whether it's 25 starts or 30 starts, whatever it is. We'll get the best of you from those.'
"One thing about Jake: He wants the ball and wants to pitch. It's one of his biggest strengths. He'll take the ball and pitch every fifth day if you let him, and you like that about him."
Peavy already has been at the White Sox complex at Camelback Ranch, but was not present on Wednesday morning. Pitchers and catchers don't have to report until Thursday.