But it's not pain felt by Peavy, as much as his arm not bouncing back over his next three starts before the All-Star break. So moving Peavy back to Tuesday against the Royals, instead of his originally scheduled slot on Sunday against the Tigers, only will help Peavy regain that freshness on the mound.
That Peavy relief outing featured seven strikeouts over four scoreless innings, with just one hit allowed. He has yielded 14 runs on 23 hits in 16 1/3 innings against the Rockies, Royals and Twins after that amazing effort.
"Certainly, I had some adrenaline that day and I pitched well, but my body had a hard time coming back," Peavy said. "I just never felt in that 15-day period that I got my arm back rested and could turn it loose.
"I felt like I was behind the 8-ball before I went out there, what I was feeling and what I could do with the baseball. That was clear to anybody watching the games, not just the results but stuff-wise, it wasn't close to anything I'd had previous."
Peavy plans to throw off flat ground and off the mound in the next few days. He worked with his physical therapist over the All-Star break in order to regain that arm strength, which he put at about 70 percent in each of his last three starts.
Working in a six-man rotation will help Peavy stay strong, as he passed by the one-year anniversary of July 14 surgery to reattach his detached lat muscle. It won't be until 18 months post-surgery where Peavy truly should feel back to normal, or so he's been told, but he's ready to function the rest of the 2010 campaign even as part of a regular five-man alignment.
"I'm not out there in any kind of pain or discomfort," Peavy said. "I threw about 300 pitches in an eight-day span, and that's a lot to ask even of a 22-year-old, not to mention someone coming out of major surgery. I was happy to do it and glad it turned out the way it did. I had a good break, I'm glad we're doing what we're doing, making the right decision pushing me back. I definitely need it.
"When you're arm is like that, not only your fastball, but breaking stuff isn't sharp. Nothing's effective. When you're trying to piece things together -- as a reliever, you can piece together an inning or two. When you start and you go through a lineup three or four times, you can't do it without some good fortune when you had the stuff I had.
"It was totally my call and I was excited to do it, but I need to understand my body was taxed," Peavy said. "Won us a couple of games, but lost us a couple after that. We all got together and made a good decision in pushing me back and trying to get me back to where I was before those last three starts."