Peavy to make Double-A rehab start

It's not certain when Jake Peavy will be able to take a major league mound. Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

DETROIT -- Jake Peavy will make a rehabilitation start Sunday in Huntsville for Double-A Birmingham.

"Especially with how it went in his simulated game, it's hard to put him in a game just after a simulated thing at least at the major league level," manager Robin Ventura said Thursday in Detroit prior to their game with the Tigers. "So let him go get a start and see how that goes."

Peavy, who fractured a left rib on June 4 against Seattle, threw a simulated game on Tuesday in Detroit, throwing about 75 pitches.

"You want to see that it's good and he can go a long time and it's not one of those where he goes out in the third inning and it starts hurting," Ventura said.

Peavy threw 53 pitches in a bullpen session in Tampa on Friday.

"The biggest thing is the arm strength, just work it back," Peavy said. "I feel I can pitch, but I understand it's a process and I have to take it slow."

Peavy gave up six runs on seven hits in just 2 1/3 innings against Seattle on June 4 as the White Sox dropped their eighth straight game.

"When you look at the start it was evident I had no reason to be out on a major league field," Peavy said.

The outing before he gave up six runs on eight hits in four innings of work.

"I'd love to get out there, but you have to be smart on things," Peavy said. "They're going to do what they think is best. I certainly feel I can get major league hitters out, but only time will tell."

If things go well for Peavy, Ventura will have to start thinking about how his starting rotation will look like after the All-Star break.

Ventura ruled out Jose Quintana being the first guy to pitch when the White Sox host the Atlanta Braves on July 19.

He's also got to wait and see what Chris Sale, who started the series finale on Thursday in Detroit, does at the All-Star Game.

Which makes what they're going to do with Dylan Axelrod up in the air. Ventura said he will be available sometime during the upcoming three-game series at Philadelphia.

"He's one of those guys that can do a lot of different things, but as of right now he's still going to pitch at some point," Ventura said. "And with Jake coming back who knows how were' going to go. We'll see that and decide it when we come closer to it."

Since Axelrod tossed a shutout at Seattle on June 5, he's allowed 29 earned runs and 53 hits over 29 innings in his last six starts. He's seen his earned run average of 3.73 after his start against the Mariners balloon to 5.33 after the loss to the Tigers.

Axelrod has given up at least one home run in each of his last six starts, 11 total. He's allowed 18 home runs all season, which is the most allowed by a White Sox pitcher this season.

"He just knows how to pitch, but he just kept going softer (Wednesday night) instead of trying to speed it up and kind of get in that hitting speed, he kind of went below it just to kind of keep them off guard," Ventura said.

Quote of the day: Rookie catcher Josh Phegley has seen limited time catching White Sox ace Chris Sale, which Ventura compared to getting the keys to a brand new car.

"He's a good pitcher, but I think if you're him you want to catch him and he does," Ventura said. "It'll be a pretty fun day for him. I can't imagine he's caught somebody that has this kind of stuff. It's kind of like the first time you get the keys to a really good car. Just don't crash it."