CHICAGO -- It will be all about pitching for Jake Peavy when he returns from the disabled list Saturday, with no concern over the impending non-waiver trade deadline.
Peavy, who does not have no-trade protection like he did in 2009 when the White Sox acquired him from the San Diego Padres, could end up being moved to a contender before the end of the month. The White Sox would be able to take at least a portion of his salary off the books and acquire young talent for the farm system.
“I haven’t heard any trade talk, to be honest with you," Peavy said Friday. "Just to show up and know at the end of the day. I did monitor trade talk in the past. I had some say in it. I have zero say in it. So at the end of the day, I’m not going to worry about it because it won’t do me any good to speculate on what I hear.
“That does nothing but take your mind and focus away from what it should be. That’s here, right now. I’m excited to be here right now. We’ll let whatever happens over the next couple weeks happen.”
Peavy hasn’t pitched since June 4, when he struggled in 2 1/3 innings against the Seattle Mariners. He has been out with a rib fracture, an injury that probably won’t scare away trade suitors as much as it would have if Peavy had been sidelined by an elbow or shoulder issue.
Peavy still says he wants to stay, but understands if he has to go.
“I love it; there’s no where I’d rather play than in Chicago,” Peavy said. “I thought we made that very clear this winter and electing not even to be a free agent, to re-sign here. And I do want to win. That’s something at this point in time in my career, that’s the only interest I have in playing this game, is to find a way to be a champion.
“Do I think it can happen here? Absolutely. This year we put ourselves in quite a bind. That has to be (general manager) Rick (Hahn) and those guys’ decision, whether I’m a part of it going forward or going to help bring a player in a trade, so we’ll see.”
Manager Robin Ventura said Peavy won’t be on a pitch count, but Peavy himself said 100 pitches probably would be his max. He went over the 80-pitch mark in his rehab start Sunday and admitted to running out of gas in the warm weather.
He won’t know if his command issues from Sunday will return when he faces the Braves on Saturday.
“I expect to win tomorrow, that’s the bottom line,” Peavy said. “I don’t know what to expect. When you get on a big league field, it all changes. It’s completely different. You know when you see John Danks go to rehab and you see some of the numbers and how he felt and then you see him on the big league level it’s quite different. So you never know what’s going to happen at the big league level. You assume there’s going to be more adrenaline; you’re certainly more excited to pitch.”