It’s official. Jake Peavy will undergo season-ending surgery next Wednesday in Chicago to repair the
detached latissimus dorsi in his right shoulder, according to Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune.
While Peavy hopes to be ready for the start of spring training next season, he cautioned about the unique nature of his particular injury.
“We hope to be up and throwing by spring training,” Peavy said Friday.
“Obviously, this is uncharted territory because it’s not common. While
(pitchers) have torn lats, they’ve never (had it) completely torn off
the bone with no attachments left. And that’s where we’re at. We’re
hoping, around the start of the season, to be back in action.”
“Nobody has had the surgery in baseball that we know of,” he said. “So I
guess I’m a guinea pig and (we’ll) see how it turns out.”
Yikes. Peavy, 29, will make $16 million in 2011 and $17 million in 2012. The White Sox hold a $22 million club option on Peavy for 2013 or a $4 million buyout. Hopefully it doesn’t become an albatross.
The Rays acquired minor league reliever Drew Smith from the Tigers on Friday, per a team announcement. The move will close the loop on the trade the two teams began in January for backup outfielder Mikie Mahtook.
Smith, 23, pitched his first full season in Single-A West Michigan in 2016, turning in a 2.96 ERA, 4.3 BB/9 and 11.5 SO/9 in 48 2/3 innings. The right-hander is still several levels away from making any impact on the Rays’ major league roster, but appears to be progressing steadily in two seasons of pro ball and has delivered two runs, four walks and 12 strikeouts in his first 11 2/3 innings at High-A Lakeland this season. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that he’ll be reassigned to the Rays’ High-A Charlotte this week.
The Yankees have activated shortstop Didi Gregorius from the 10-day disabled list, the club announced on Friday. Infielder Pete Kozma was designated for assignment to clear roster space.
Gregorius, 27, suffered a strained right shoulder while playing in the World Baseball Classic last month. He’s in Friday’s starting lineup, batting sixth against the Orioles.
Last season, Gregorius hit .276/.304/.447 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI in 597 plate appearances.