Jake Peavy allowed two unearned runs on five hits and a walk over 3 2/3 innings last night in his first minor league rehab start with Double-A Birmingham.
Peavy also struck out four and threw a wild pitch. He was originally expected to throw approximately 75 pitches over five innings, but was pulled once he reached 72 pitches.
According to Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com, Peavy felt fine and was satisfied with his performance.
“Everything went well tonight; it was a step in the right direction,” Peavy said. “My arm felt better than it has in quite a while. I didn’t command the ball the way I hoped, but it was nice to be under some lights in a nice competitive atmosphere.”
The next step is another minor league rehab start next Wednesday, where he is expected to throw 90 pitches. Barring any setbacks, he is lined up to make his season debut for the White Sox on April 28 against the Yankees.
Peavy is currently working his way back from a unique procedure to repair a detached lat muscle near his shoulder. He posted a 4.11 ERA and 8/3 K/BB ratio over 15 1/3 innings during Cactus League play before being shut down with rotator cuff tendinitis.
We mentioned this in the recaps this morning but Yoenis Cespedes deserves a post of his own.
He deserves it for his walkoff homer in the tenth inning of last night’s game against the Marlins. He deserves it for the fact that he’s hit five homers and has driven in nine runs in his last ten games while raising his batting average ten points. And, most of all, he deserves it for the magnificent bat flip after watching the ball fly:
Here’s the whole play from MLB.com:
Today Tim Tebow will work out for 15-20 major league scouts. But even if they all pass on him, he has a job lined up. Jeff Passan reports that Tebow has already been offered a contract for the Venezuelan winter league.
The club offering is Aguilas del Zulia, a five-time champion of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League and two-time Caribbean Series winner. Passan says that they sent a contract to Tebow’s agents. He says that Tebow is interested in playing winter ball.
Winter ball is an interesting beast in that, unlike indy ball it’s not about the gimmicks and unlike the minor leagues it’s not about player development. While big league clubs often send prospects there to get seasoning, the Venezuelan and Dominican clubs want to win and routinely cut even established professional players in mid-season if they’re not pulling their weight.
Which could be interesting for Tebow, given his lack of experience and the fact that he would, by necessity, have to learn on the job.