By Matt Snyder
White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy threw a bullpen session and also went through a few fielding drills Tuesday night at Target Field. His injured right groin is evidently feeling pretty good, because he's going out on a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday. He'll throw for Triple-A Charlotte and is slated for six innings and 90 pitches.
After an outing like that, assuming no setbacks, Peavy should be ready to return to the White Sox rotation.
Of course, Peavy wanted the team to know he's not ready to ruffle any feathers. The White Sox have five guys in the starting rotation as things currently stand, so either someone would have to be demoted or they'd have to go back to a six-man rotation when Peavy's back.
"If I need to go to the bullpen to help out there, we got five starters doing their thing," Peavy said (Chicago Tribune). "I certainly think I can be a leader in the rotation as well and be as good as these guys have been. But I’ll do whatever it takes because there is no weak link right now on the team."
Peavy went on to say he thinks he could help the team either from the bullpen or as the member of a six-man rotation. Simply put, he's just being a good teammate and letting the organization know he's not averse to doing anything that will help the team. It doesn't mean they'd put Peavy in the bullpen.
Manager Ozzie Guillen said he was going to get together with pitching coach Don Cooper and figure out the plan of attack. The best guess is they go back to the six-man rotation.
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