CLEVELAND -- Jake Peavy is an accomplished veteran starter playing in his 11th big league season, although not nearly as accomplished as he would have liked to have been over parts of his past three seasons with the White Sox.
What the right-hander is not is a psychic, and he doesn't intend to add that particular profession to his resume.
So when asked whether White Sox fans will see the real Peavy starting the home opener on Friday at 1:10 p.m. CT against Detroit, a healthier version of the one-time National League Cy Young Award winner for the first time since coming over from San Diego, all he can do is be polite and answer the question honestly for seemingly the 20th time.
Peavy will enter Friday's outing against arguably one of Major League Baseball's best teams as healthy as he's going to be.
"I have thrown some good games and some not-so-good games there, so I don't know," said Peavy, who is scheduled to make his second 2012 start some 21 months after surgery to reattach his right lat muscle. "I'm not going to make any prediction about what they are going to see or not going to see, but I can promise you one thing: You will see everything I got to give on that particular day. I'll be prepared as I possibly can be homework wise, and physically in the weight room and training room."
One major step forward for Peavy was throwing around 40 pitches during a bullpen session on Monday, normal Day 2 work after a solid six-inning start on Saturday against the Rangers. For much of last year, Peavy said that he didn't feel comfortable enough to work on things during side sessions in between starts. In the season's second half, he wouldn't throw at all except on his starting days.
But now Peavy is excited to pitch, talking with pitching coach Don Cooper about ways to improve and studying film of his better days in San Diego while making adjustments. He's even anxiously preparing for Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and the rest of Detroit's power-packed crew.
Just don't ask Peavy to predict which version of himself will be on the mound Friday in Chicago.
"Nobody feels any worse about not being able to play to the level I used to play at because of injuries than I do," Peavy said. "I know there are a lot of frustrated people because of it. I can go look myself in the mirror, and like I said, hindsight is 20-20, and maybe some things could have been done to prevent those major injuries.
"At the end of the day, they happened and [you need to] move on. I'm going to try to live up to whatever expectations anybody has of me. I have pretty high ones of myself."