Peavy's good news was that an MRI taken on his elbow revealed no structural damage. In fact, Peavy said the tests showed his elbow to be as structurally sound as it possibly could be.
As for that state of limbo, Peavy suffered a bone and muscle bruise when he was hit on the bridge of the elbow by a Wes Timmons line drive on Aug. 24 during a Minor League rehab start against Triple-A Gwinnett. Peavy and the White Sox tried to work through the pain and swelling to get him ready for Saturday, but he exited after 3 1/3 innings from his start in Norfolk on Thursday upon feeling soreness in the affected area.
Now, Peavy has returned to a target of simply being able to play catch without pain, which he said he couldn't do on Monday, before he can even think about returning to the mound. But even with the White Sox falling into a playoff abyss on the field, Peavy has heard nothing regarding being shut down for the 2009 season and re-focused on 2010.
"That hasn't been said to me, so I really, I don't know," said Peavy, speaking after the White Sox 4-1 loss to the Twins. "Obviously, we saw a few doctors with [White Sox athletic trainer] Herm [Schneider] and talked with [pitching coach Don Cooper].
"I'm just taking it day by day. My last start was disappointing because I had to come out. I felt good out there, but with the fluid in there, in the elbow, it got stiff and I had discomfort that I never felt before.
"I wish it hit me in a different place, as opposed to the bridge of the elbow," Peavy said. "But it happens. It's a tough little road for me."
Starting Thursday against the Cubs already had been ruled out by the White Sox because they didn't want Peavy running the bases, which is how he originally suffered a partially torn tendon in his right ankle that has sidelined him for almost three months. Strangely enough, the ankle no longer is a problem.
If not for the elbow issue, Peavy might be making his White Sox debut this Friday at home against Boston. He felt that good, stuff-wise, during his five-inning, scoreless effort last Monday.
"It's so frustrating because the Georgia start, the five innings, I felt as good as I could at that moment," Peavy said. "My velocity was back to where it has been, and I was making good quality pitches, got stronger.
"To have a ball hit off of the tip of your elbow and then to struggle the next four days to get out there and get out on the fifth day and not be able to compete ... And obviously the team is not going well so that adds on to the frustration."
Much like the plan put in place when Peavy first was acquired from the Padres, the White Sox simply want him to get healthy and get back on the field when he feels ready. The only difference now is that the elbow, instead of the ankle, is the focal point.
But as of Monday, Peavy or the White Sox have no plans for him to shut it down.
"We've come this far, and we are not going to quit just yet," Peavy said. "Hopefully, I'll get healthy and make a few starts for the team."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.