Peavy blames scar tissue for latest setback

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Jake Peavy rejoined the White Sox on Wednesday to resume his rehab schedule.

On Monday, the right-hander had a setback in his recovery from latissimus dirsi reattachment surgery that was performed in July.

After an MRI in Chicago on Tuesday came back normal, Peavy said his discomfort was attributed to the breaking down of scar tissue from the surgery.

“Absolutely it was good news, but it’s disappointing for me personally,” Peavy said, who felt the discomfort in a rehab start Monday at Double-A Birmingham. “I felt I wasn’t that far away. I was feeling so good. To feel something close to what I felt right before I blew it out at the repair site was the disturbing thing. But everything checked out it’s good. There is very little fluid in there. We think it’s scar tissue issues that can create [discomfort].”

Peavy said his he has already started his six day course of anti inflammatories and will indeed resume throwing Friday at Detroit. He will throw a regular between start bullpen session next week and take aim at a rehab start as early as Thursday of next week.

“Structurally, everything is sound,” Peavy said. “In spring training, my shoulder was just taxed too much and that was the cause of the setback. This is the first time anything has happened with the lat. When we got the MRI yesterday and it shows this thing is intact and locked down as good as it can look, that is a huge sigh of relief and an allowance to keep going forward.”

Peavy said he felt pain on his first pitch Monday, but thinking it was simply scar tissue he pushed himself through 15 mostly ineffective pitches before calling it a night.

While doing everything he could to get back before the original timetable of one year, the estimate by doctors continues to stand.

“When you have the major surgery that I had, the one thing I keep going back is the doctors saying, ‘Jake when you have a major tendon repair it takes about a year,’” Peavy said. “The doctor confirmed it [Tuesday]: ‘I’m not guessing it takes a year, it’s proven that over years from ACLs to ulnar collateral ligaments it’s about a year’s process, 12-to-18 months for things to settle down and you’re about as good as you’re going to get.’”

That late April projection for Peavy’s return to the White Sox rotation obviously won’t happen now and nobody seems interested in making a new projection now.

“[I’m] not sure what [pitch count] they’re going to pull me back to or let me do,” Peavy said. “We’ll see. I’ll be glad when it’s all over, I can promise you that.”