Peavy goes six innings in minor league tilt

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Chicago White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy threw 97 pitches in a minor-league game Monday, going six innings. Peavy didn’t issue a walk.

“It was a great workout for Jake and we got a lot of work in,” Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said. “He worked on all his pitches and his fastball was really good. He will have the next four days off and pitch next in five days against the Dodgers (March 23).”

Peavy will take the mound in the second game of the season April 3 against the Kansas City Royals, entering 2013 with no health issues for the first time in five years. Peavy, who turns 32 in May, made 30 starts for the first time since 2007 last season. The Sox have held Peavy out of numerous Cactus League starts while getting his work in during minor league and simulated game conditions.

"This way of pitching is not much different than pitching in A games," Peavy said. "You face a little bit better hitters in the A games. You also face minor league guys as well. You go just as hard in the minor league games as you do on the big field. I am able to work on more stuff rolling some innings over without truly having to get out of an inning."

The plan for Peavy is to have him start against major league teams his next two times on the mound on Saturday and March 28. Peavy said he will get his pitch count up to over 100 again on Saturday before backing off to 60 pitches in his last spring outing.

"I like the idea that we limit the amount of times we pitch to American League opponents in the spring," he said. "It is an advantage hitter when they see a pitcher often. You don't want to show those guys any more than you have to."

Peavy was 11-12 with a 3.37 ERA last season. Right-handed hitters have batted just .216 against Peavy since 2002, the fifth-lowest average against pitcher in the major leagues over the past 11 seasons.