The well-documented roadblock to Peavy's mound return stems from the right-hander getting hit in the pitching elbow by a Wes Timmons line drive during his Minor League rehab start on Aug. 24. That third start for Triple-A Charlotte was aimed at helping Peavy work his way back from a partially-torn tendon in his right ankle that has left him out of action since June 8.
While it looks as if the liner set Peavy back close to square one in his comeback, White Sox general manager Ken Williams disagreed with that assessment when it was posed to him on Friday. Williams seems optimistic that Peavy will pitch before the 2009 season comes to a close.
"We just met with the doctors, and there's a little bit of inflammation still that is contributing to the problem," said Williams. "But structurally, he has been checked out, as you can imagine, in every way, shape and form.
"It's a bone bruise, and bone bruises sometimes take time. But as long as we are in this thing, he's going to try to keep going out there and loosening up and getting it ready and we're going to allow it to happen. So any talk about shutting him down, from anybody other than me, is premature."
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen talked at the end of this most recent road trip about shutting down Peavy if the White Sox drop completely out of contention. Williams, and of course Peavy, clearly will make the final decision.
Guillen doesn't expect Peavy back any time soon. And the frustrating part for the White Sox is that he could have been starting this weekend against Boston if not for the line drive.
"After he throws, we have to have a plan for him to throw on the side, simulated game, wait for a few days to recover, and throw another day and maybe pitch in a game," Guillen said. "I said last week, I don't have him in the [rotation] this year because I have to go with the realistic plan.
"If he comes back, we have to make some moves. But right now, I don't think he's going to be here soon. I don't want him to do some stupid thing and get worse, and [then] we don't know what we get next year."
There was one final request of Peavy made by Guillen.
"Please get healthy so I don't have to answer these stupid questions," Guillen quipped.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.