With the Chicago White Sox clinging to a half-game lead ahead of the last-place Kansas City Royals, the last thing they need is an injury to one of their best starting pitchers.
But as the White Sox announced via Twitter on Wednesday, that’s exactly what they’ll be getting for the next four-to-six weeks as Jake Peavy recovers from a non-displaced rib fracture suffered in his start against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday:
UPDATE: Friday, July 19, at 4:36 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
MLB.com's Scott Merkin announced good news for Peavy and the White Sox:
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UPDATE: Thursday, July 4, at 11:40 a.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland
The Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales has the latest update on Peavy's status.
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UPDATE: June 6, 2013 at 2:15p.m ET by Michael Cahill
In an expected move, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reported on twitter that Peavy was headed to the DL.
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Peavy was forced to leave in the third inning of that contest after allowing six earned runs on seven hits through 2.1 innings of work.
After pitching his way to All-Star honors last season, Peavy has pieced together an inconsistent 2013 campaign. In 11 starts, the right-hander is 6-4 with a WHIP of 1.16, but an ERA above his career average at 4.30.
Peavy’s latest trip to the disabled list will be the seventh of his career, highlighting the biggest factor in his relative lack of success in recent years. Since 2009, the 32-year-old has compiled more than 18 starts just once, coming last season in which he tallied 32 starts and a 3.37 ERA.
The White Sox have dropped eight of their last 10 contests and are in danger of being overtaken by the Royals in the AL Central. With Peavy on the shelf for the next four-to-six weeks, staying afloat won’t be an easy task.
According to Dayn Perry of CBS Sports, left-hander Hector Santiago is most likely to take Peavy’s spot in the rotation. The 25-year-old is 1-4 on the season with five starts in 16 appearances.