Peavy will likely face Cubs on Wednesday

Peavy will likely face Cubs on Wednesday

PHOENIX -- When it comes to the White Sox pitching alignment for this week's BP Cup challenge against the Cubs, manager Ozzie Guillen has nothing to hide.

Jake Peavy will start one of those three night games, with Peavy indicating on Saturday how that start looks as if it will come Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

"Hopefully, he stays healthy," said Guillen of Peavy. "That's the main thing. Hopefully, he can go out there and not go back and do the same stuff we have been doing all year.

"He has been traveling all over the country just to try to pitch for us. It's hard for this guy. It gets to the point where I feel for him, because I know he went through a lot of difficulty."

Peavy made his latest, and what he hopes will be his final, Minor League rehab start for Triple-A Charlotte this past Thursday. So, Tuesday would be the earliest the right-hander could start.

His strained right groin got through this latest test with high marks, with Peavy having to come off the mound and make a play on a bunt and then cover first on another bunt. He's ready to improve on a 5-2 career mark against the Cubs and then help propel the White Sox toward the top of the American League Central without any more injury interruptions.

"I'm excited to pitch in the Cubs-Sox series and excited to pitch at home in that series," said Peavy, who termed his nine-strikeout rehab start on Thursday as more of a cautionary measure with his recent injury history. "I had a couple games against those guys. They're starting to play good baseball. I've watched some video. I'm excited to get back there and put a big league uniform on and try to help."

Guillen indicated Peavy's return would mean a six-man White Sox rotation at least through the All-Star break.