SEATTLE -- Jake Peavy was scheduled to arrive at Safeco Field sometime around the first pitch of Friday's series opener for the White Sox against the Mariners. And there's a good chance he will be with the team for the remainder of the 2011 season.
Nobody can foresee the future as far as injuries go, but it looks as if Peavy did exactly what was needed over seven innings Thursday night in Toledo to make the jump from Minor League rehab starts to a spot in the White Sox rotation Wednesday in Anaheim.
"We'll have a sideline and see," said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper of the plans for Peavy once he arrives. "Nothing is definite. We haven't sat down and spoke about it. But it looks good for the 11th."
"I'm in the same situation I was in a month ago," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, when asked pregame about Peavy's return. "I go day by day. When we make that decision, it's going to be everyone making that decision."
A potential start against the Angels for Peavy basically would bracket his comeback from experimental surgery on July 14 to reattach the tendon that anchors the latissimus dorsi muscle to the rear of the shoulder. Peavy suffered the injury while pitching at home against the Angels on July 6 and then made his first post-surgery start against the Angels during Spring Training.
Rotator cuff tendinitis and pain from scar tissue breaking up in the surgically repaired area have temporary slowed Peavy's return. But with his 100 pitches thrown on Thursday in Toledo, he appears ready for the big leagues.
"The innings and the pitches, I guess that's part of the check list," Cooper said. "But feeling good, healthy and it looks like his rehab may be over. Again, I haven't spoken with Ozzie, [White Sox general manager] Kenny [Williams], anything like that. Certainly if he can make his sideline tomorrow or the next day, it's in line. And the 11th looks like his date."
"I'd love to see Jake on the mound for us," Guillen said. "The thing is, I don't want him to be the hero. I don't want to ... when Jake is fine, we will be very glad to have him here. But we're going to wait to see how he throws."