CHICAGO -- Starting pitchers usually are creatures of habit, knowing exactly what they have to do with the four days between starts to get ready for the next trip to the mound.
Having one week between starts, as all six of the White Sox starters will have had after Jake Peavy works against Cleveland on Wednesday, can be a tougher adjustment. But Peavy believes the extra rest can only be a benefit in both the short term and long term.
"There are no excuses on that fifth day to go out there and feel good and try to win," Peavy said. "Any bad comes out of this thing, as far as guys doing bad or saying they are not sharp, I'm going to have to say that's a hoax."
With this extra rest built into the rotation, Peavy has expressed a desire to go deeper into games than his six innings and 87 pitches from Wednesday's season debut in Anaheim. Peavy knows the White Sox will be cautious with him just 10 months removed from surgery, but since scar tissue breaking up in his surgically repaired lat area caused him enough pain to leave a Minor League rehab start on April 18, Peavy has felt strong.
"I'm certainly expecting to get stronger, but right now I have plenty enough to compete," Peavy said. "Today is my fifth day and I was telling my father on my way in and he said, 'How do you feel?" and I said, 'I feel like it's my fifth day and I could start today and I should start today.'
"That's just the way it is. I have two more days until I pitch. We have plenty of time in this scheme of things to get ready to pitch."