Peavy gearing up for Cactus League start

Peavy gearing up for Cactus League start

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jake Peavy played long toss on Saturday, following a two-day break coming after his last 40-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday. Long toss always was the plan for Peavy to stretch out his arm and build up more arm strength, as he moves toward his Cactus League opener against the Angels in Tempe on Friday.

"And long toss is better than getting on a mound at this point," Peavy said. "We'll take a day or so to regroup. Friday is my day, so I'll throw a few sides in between. Maybe a light one on Monday and a light one on Wednesday. Thursday off, and then Friday we'll see what we got."

A feeling of near-normalcy has settled in for Peavy in his ongoing comeback from season-ending surgery last July to repair a detached latissimus dorsi muscle in his right posterior shoulder. Peavy believes that normalcy will jump up another level when he actually makes his first Cactus League start.

"I think we're past the grueling part," Peavy said. "Eight consecutive days and throwing every other day is grueling. Throwing 40 pitches and down, and 40 pitches the following day is tough. But we're past all that with flying colors. I feel healthy.

"Just got done working out. There are no limitations on anything I'm doing, which is always a good sign."