KANSAS CITY -- Jake Peavy's Major League Baseball future presently does not extend out to the $22 million contractual option the White Sox hold on him for the 2013 season or their $4 million buyout. It doesn't center on where the right-hander will be pitching for the next two or three years after this one.
For the next 2 1/2 months, if not longer, Peavy's future will deal only with his next start in the rotation. It's a team-wide daily approach under manager Robin Ventura that Peavy won't veer off individually.
"That would be selfish on my part," said Peavy, when asked about contractual thoughts running through his mind as the second half begins. "When you start getting ahead of yourself, you lose focus on the task at hand.
"Robin reiterated that point today: We are going to show up and go about each day the right way and pour our heart and souls into it [during game hours] and let the chips fall where they may. You can't promise how this thing will play out. We can promise one thing: how we will show up prepared and how we will play with everything we got."
Peavy is slated to make his 18th start of the year on Saturday, which just so happens to be the two-year anniversary of one-of-a-kind surgery to reattach his lat muscle. Peavy also pitched and won on July 6, which marked the two-year anniversary of sustaining the injury against the Angels.
Those milestones don't mean as much to Peavy as the 2.85 ERA or 93 hits allowed over 120 innings this season -- or his third All-Star selection for the game played this past Tuesday in Kansas City. All of those accomplishments represent the culmination of Peavy's hard work and his return that never could be guaranteed.
Saturday will be more about beating the Royals than celebrating his full recovery, just as Peavy won't worry about his future until he helps take care of current events for his team.
"I'm 100 percent on that on board with that philosophy," Peavy said. "If you do that in the long haul, things will take care of themselves. It would be unfair to my teammates if I didn't pour everything I had into here or if I'm thinking about the future, and you got a little bit of thought and worry away from where it should be. I can't allow myself to do that."