GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A light side session on Friday for Jake Peavy will be followed by a little long toss on Saturday in an effort to get through what he believes is a Cactus League dead-arm period.
"Like I said, I felt nothing out of the ordinary -- just general soreness all through the arm, which is part of Spring Training," Peavy said. "We all feel it. I felt pretty good command-wise. I threw strikes. I feel good with my delivery. I've been on the mound quite a while.
"So there's no reason to have a heavy work day today. We just pulled back to try to let the arm have plenty of time. We didn't want to take anymore, make anymore withdrawals. Just make deposits for the big withdrawal on Monday."
Monday's game against San Diego marks Peavy's third spring start on the road to complete an amazing comeback from last season's torn tendon connecting the lat to the bone in his right posterior shoulder. Peavy threw 49 pitches against the Giants on Wednesday and figures to raise that total on Monday, with his next scheduled start against Oakland on March 19 serving as an even greater test for the right-hander breaking camp with the team.
"Hopefully we get stretched out five or six innings a couple of starts from now, then see how you feel the next day and see if you can get ready to do it again," Peavy said. "You are going to be asked to throw 100 or 120 pitches, and then you have to be ready to do it again in five days.
"Maybe that Oakland start, I should be stretched out five or six and see if we can bounce back. I think we will be right on schedule to start the year if that's the case. If not, maybe we'll need a little more time to assess that and get there."