CHICAGO -- Jake Peavy didn't really know how to respond Monday when he was mentioned along with teammates Adam Dunn and Alex Rios as top candidates for Comeback Player of the Year. But Tuesday's starter for the White Sox knows what consideration for such an honor means about your most recent performance.
"I don't think anybody wants to be in that category because if you're in the category of Comeback Player of the Year, you obviously had a major injury or had a disappointing year," Peavy said. "I know me, Alex and Adam have talked about that and it's an honor when you're being talked about to win the award."
Peavy takes a 9-7 record and 3.04 ERA into Tuesday's contest with the Royals, and admits that these three White Sox veterans had to pick things up for the South Siders to have a playoff chance in 2012.
"Hopefully, I was healthy enough to be able to do what I can do and Adam was going to have to have a year like he's had for 10 of his 11 years and Alex was going to have to do the same," Peavy said. "And we all just kind of took it upon ourselves. We've been a great supportive unit for each other. Whichever way that shakes out as far as the award goes, I can promise you this: None of us are worried about that award."