Peavy 'ready to go' as regular season looms

Peavy 'ready to go' as regular season looms

GLENDALE -- Even with the extended length of the 2013 Spring Training, Jake Peavy's start on Saturday night against the Dodgers was just his second in the Cactus League. He also has worked in two Minor League games and one simulated game on a White Sox off-day.

Saturday's 106-pitch outing might have came against an All-Star laden L.A. lineup, and it might have been in front of a Cactus League-record 13,721 at Camelback Ranch, but Peavy didn't view it as any different than a back-field contest.

"Baseball is baseball," said Peavy, who allowed four runs on seven hits over five innings, while fanning five. "Pitching in Spring Training, obviously it's nice to get out under the lights and play a big league team. But in the end of the day, you are getting your work in one way or the other.

"It was fun to go out in front of the crowd. It just didn't work out the other days and we got our work in elsewhere. But I feel ready to go."

Peavy's velocity has been consistently up throughout the spring, up closer to what he featured in his 2007 Cy Young season with the Padres. Peavy is not sure what that extra velocity will get him, but he likes the way the ball is coming out of his hand.

"I couldn't be happier how camp went, really, at this point and time," said Peavy, who will stay back and throw in Arizona on Thursday's off-day. "I'm healthy, I'm excited and I feel like I'm ready to go. I'll scale back to make sure we feel fresh for Kansas City."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.