SURPRISE, Ariz. -- In the course of Jake Peavy's amazing ongoing comeback saga, moving toward breaking camp with the team out of Spring Training after completely tearing the tendon that connects the lat to the bone in his right shoulder while pitching last July, progress reports on the day after his Cactus League start stand as important as the start itself.
And Thursday's update from Peavy seemed as encouraging as his one hit allowed over 3 2/3 innings hurled against the Giants on Wednesday.
"I'm a tad bit sore, but everything is normal," said Peavy, who talked to reporters before going to work with White Sox head athletic trainer Herm Schneider. "I got a busy day, but so far, so good.
"I feel fine. I came out of it fine. I told you yesterday I didn't feel that great. It was a grind getting back to as good as I felt. I didn't really bounce back that great and feel as fresh as I wanted to. But I'm pretty sure it's standard for this time of year. I just got to keep working."
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A dead-arm period often experienced by starters during Spring Training figures to be a plausible explanation for this less-than-fresh feeling, according to Peavy. It also explains why Peavy didn't "rev the engine up" velocity-wise Wednesday.
"You pull back and get through it healthy and gain some arm strength," Peavy said. "It was a good day, and today is a good day. I'll try to throw some of the soreness out here for a little bit and enough to get on a mound.
"No pain or anything like that. Just my body and arm bouncing back. That whole dead-arm thing. It's just kind of that stuff going on. Nothing pain-wise. Absolutely not."
The knot in Peavy's right hamstring isn't a factor. So if everything bounces back as planned arm-wise, he'll throw a side on Friday and face the Padres at Camelback Ranch on Monday. As for looking a bit bothered as he walked off the mound after issuing a free pass to Buster Posey in the fourth inning Wednesday, that expression dealt with Peavy's perfectionism and nothing at all with his repaired tendon.
"I was in disgust for the walk," Peavy said.