Things are looking up for Jake Peavy.
The White Sox right-hander is already a lock to open the season on the 15-day disabled list because of rotator cuff tendinitis in his throwing shoulder, but he should be back in action by mid-April.
According to Doug Padilla with ESPN Chicago, Peavy paid a visit to a specialist on Wednesday afternoon in Arizona and was told that his recent run of discomfort is not related to the major lat surgery that he underwent last July. Furthermore, no structural damage was found in his right shoulder.
“I saw Dr. Romeo today and believe structurally everything is fine and intact and this is just that little minor blip on the radar,” Peavy relayed to Padilla. “If I get on the mound by the end of the weekend that would really be the equivalent of just missing a start.”
That “minor blip on the radar” talk is comforting. Now let’s just hope that it turns out to be true.
The Cubs’ defense — or lack thereof this year — has been a topic of conversation as it could help explain why the team hasn’t played at the elite level it played at last year.
Manager Joe Maddon tried to go into detail about that but ended up channeling his inner Rex Ryan. Via CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney.
If, in the future, Joe Ross ever complains about a lack of run support, point to his first four starts of the 2017 season.
Ross started on April 19 in Atlanta against the Braves, on April 25 in Colorado against the Rockies, on April 30 at home against the Mets, and on May 23 at home against the Mariners. In those games, the Nats’ offense scored 14, 15, 23, and 10 runs respectively for a total of 62 runs, or an average of 15.5 per start. Ross was the pitcher of record for seven, eight, 10, and 10 runs for a total of 35 runs (8.75 runs per start), which would still make him the major league leader in run support by that restrictive standard.
Among qualified starters — Ross did not qualify — entering Tuesday’s action, the Rockies’ Antonio Senzatela led the way according to ESPN, averaging 7.11 runs of support in nine starts. The Rockies scored double-digit runs in only three of those starts, oddly enough.
Per the Nationals, the 62 runs of support for Ross is a major league record in a pitcher’s first four starts of a season.