CHICAGO – White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy doesn’t expect soreness in his rib area to prevent him from making his next start.
Peavy, who is scheduled to start Thursday’s series finale against the Tigers, said he feels better after the soreness cropped up after Saturday’s outing, which was his first off the disabled list because of a fractured rib.
“There’s still some soreness in there … and hopefully the next 24 hours I’ll recover even more than I have and should feel good for [Thursday],” Peavy said. “
Thursday could represent Peavy’s final start with the Sox should general manager Rick Hahn decide to trade the 32-year-old. Scouts will have an opportunity to watch Peavy opposite of Detroit’s Justin Verlander.
“Just do my best to make sure we show up [Thursday] with a good attitude and ready to play and expect to win, expect to beat Justin Verlander,” Peavy said.
Rios ready for deadline to pass: The waiting game is getting old for outfielder Alex Rios.
While he’s flattered to be a part of trade discussions – the Rangers are rumored to be interested – Rios said he has mixed feelings about the possibility of leaving the organization. Rios has “no idea what will happen,” but he’s ready for the July 31 trade deadline to pass so he can focus solely on baseball. Rios is still under contract next season for $12.5 million with a club option for 2015.
“When that date is arriving, you get a little anxious to see what your fate is going to be,” Rios said. “Hopefully, after July 31, it is going to be normal. … I’ve always said you can’t control it and I will land wherever they want me to land. There is not much I can do.”
Injury updates: Second baseman Gordon Beckham (left wrist strain) is still limited but took soft toss before Wednesday’s game.
Beckham said his wrist feels better, however he missed his fourth consecutive game. He would only be able to play in case of an emergency such as shortstop Alexei Ramirez having to leave a game due to injury. Manager Robin Ventura said the rest has helped Beckham and he could return to the lineup in two days, avoiding the disabled list.
“I was kind of left on the fence of whether it was good or bad,” Beckham said. “It was more dull soreness than it was pain, so I think that was a good thing. It got a little better toward the end of the session.”
Reliever Jesse Crain (right shoulder strain) played catch Wednesday and felt OK afterward. He could throw off the mound Thursday, which was the original plan, as long as his shoulder still feels fine. Crain conceded the trade deadline is in the back of his mind but he is more focused on getting healthy.
“I think it’s important that I don’t overdo it when I’m trying to come back, so like I said, it’s only day-by-day,” Crain said. “I wish I had more answers but that’s the way we’re taking it now.”