That particular start will be made by Peavy for Triple-A Charlotte, in Norfolk, Va., marking the White Sox righty's fourth Minor League rehab effort. Peavy basically was deemed ready to return after pitching five innings of scoreless baseball on Monday for the Knights, but he also took a line drive off his pitching elbow that temporarily delayed his comeback.
"Obviously, this is a tiny setback," said Peavy on Thursday. "I hope to get out there and make a start and be out there sooner rather than later."
Peavy originally had a side session scheduled for late Wednesday afternoon, but that session was scratched when he felt soreness in the area where he took the line drive while playing catch. He went outside and played long toss on Thursday to stretch out a little bit, and then had a live, light sideline of somewhere around 30 pitches.
His performance was good enough to get Peavy on the mound, but the White Sox are playing it safe by starting him for the Knights in what looks like one last time.
"Oh, I would think that it's probably a good shot that after the next start in Triple-A, he will be pitching somewhere with us," said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper of Peavy. "It's a good chance, unless something crazy happens."
"I said all along, the medical staff to the strength and conditioning staff has been as good as I've seen," said Peavy, regarding his recovery, adding that he would like to throw six innings and get up to 100 pitches on Saturday. "All this modern stuff they have now can help a lot of things. I'm not surprised at what we were able to accomplish, but it was [pain] management. I just want to stay on track and start Saturday night."
While Peavy works against Norfolk, the White Sox have yet to name a starter against the Yankees on Saturday afternoon. Cooper mentioned how the forecasts for New York don't look especially encouraging, so there's no need to list anyone past Mark Buehrle and Freddy Garcia for the weekend at this moment.
Minor League standouts Daniel Hudson and Carlos Torres are in play, while Jose Contreras has not worked out of the bullpen since Monday's debacle as part of the rotation. As for Peavy, if he stays on regular four days' rest, he would get the start for Thursday afternoon's makeup game with the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
General manager Ken Williams ruled out Peavy pitching in the National League ballpark a few weeks ago, primarily because Peavy injured his ankle running the bases and the injury could be re-aggravated by running them again. But manager Ozzie Guillen would not categorically count out Peavy, adding his own touch of levity as to how they would handle Peavy's potential at-bats.
"If that's the point and he has to pitch, I don't care if he goes up there and swings lefty," said Guillen with a laugh. "Just make sure you don't make any contact. That's the risk we would take. I cannot say he's not going to go out there against the Cubs, because I don't know yet."
"We'll see what happens," said Peavy, who plans to meet the White Sox in Minnesota on Sunday or Monday. "Obviously, it will be a fun matchup against the Cubs. It's out of my hands. Whenever this team wants me to start in the big leagues, I'll make that happen."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less