White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy is on schedule to make his 2011 debut on April 29 against the Orioles.
Peavy threw a bullpen Saturday at U.S. Cellular Field and is expected to throw about 90 pitches at Double-A Birmingham on Monday, followed by a 100-pitch outing at Triple-A Charlotte after that. If all goes well, he'd be on schedule to pitch against the Orioles at home.
"I do feel like I'm getting there, like I'm coming out of spring training," Peavy told the Chicago Tribune's Dave van Dyck. "I'm getting a good feel for my pitches, I'm starting to feel stronger than in spring training."
Peavy missed the second half of 2010 after suffering a detached latissimus dorsi muscle in his back. This spring his return was delayed by shoulder tendinitis. Om two rehab starts, Peavy's 0-1 with a 1.86 ERA in 9 2/3 innings. He pitched six innings for Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday, throwing 72 pitches.
Phil Humber is scheduled to start April 29 and the team could send him back to a long-relief role. However, pitching coach Don Cooper said last week the team may go to a six-man rotation to add more rest for the team's starters. If Peavy started April 30 in place of Gavin Floyd, the entire rotation could get another start in before the team's off day on May 5.