GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Shortly after another throwing session on Friday, Jake Peavy finally sounded resigned to starting the season on the disabled list.
That move seemed inevitable once Peavy missed his start Thursday with rotator cuff tendinitis, but the White Sox right-hander seemed to hold out hope that he could make up for lost time if his setback wasn’t serious.
While Peavy’s shoulder soreness has subsided somewhat, being able to pitch during the first week of the season simply became too optimistic of a goal.
“Obviously, I think at this point in time to start the season doesn’t look very promising,” Peavy said Friday. “I know we’re going to start with 30-40 pitches at some point and time and see if we can get back to where we were. We obviously think we did a little too much, too soon and the shoulder wasn’t ready to respond like we wanted it to. There’s certainly nothing structurally wrong or anything like that.”
Peavy is scheduled to throw a side session on Sunday. If that goes well, he hopes to pitch in game conditions next Friday, presumably in extended spring training. The White Sox will be starting the season that day with a game at Cleveland.
“We’ve been treating the heck of it, doing [a] shoulder program and just getting a couple of treatments a day from [trainer Herm Schneider], trying to see if we can settle it down,” Peavy said. “It’s feeling a bit better. I wouldn’t say it’s completely gone, but I’d certainly say I’m heading in the right direction as far as hopefully getting on a mound Sunday and seeing if it feels good enough to jump back on the mound in a game.”