A couple of days ago, I posted that Jake Peavy could possibly return by Aug. 28, based on his strong first rehab outing in Charlotte.
Unfortunately for White Sox fans, Peavy’s second start did not go quite so well (four runs in four innings), and he is still not to the point where he feels comfortable going six or seven innings.
Considering that he’s been out for two months, this is understandable. I think we’d all just gotten our hopes up that Peavy would be back sooner rather than later.
While Jake Peavy returned to U.S. Cellular Field to rejoin his teammates, it now appears he might not make his White Sox debut until the end of an 11-game trip at the earliest.
“I don’t think that’s smart,” Peavy said Wednesday of focusing on a return date. “The time when I go out and am able to get six or seven innings under my belt, feeling good, knowing I’m able to execute a pitch in the seventh as well as I can do it in the first, and throw the ball where I want to at 100 percent, when I see that day, we’re going to go from there.”
Peavy said setting a specific date “seems to put on too much pressure.”
So, it looks like Sox fans will have to be patient as we await the debut of our new star pitcher. Luckily, we were able to hit some long balls last night off of Zack Greinke and get a good start from Jose to take a 2-1 series win over the Royals.
We need another 2-1 or 3-0 set against the Orioles, and then it’s off to perhaps the most difficult road trip of the season. If Jake Peavy is pitching by the end of it, looks like it will be a bonus for the Sox.