White Sox hoping Jake Peavy will be ready on April 29

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The White Sox have finally mapped out a timetable for Jake Peavy’s return from rotator cuff tendinitis.

According to MLB.com beat writer Scott Merkin, Peavy allowed only two runs in a six-inning minor league rehab start Wednesday at Triple-A Charlotte and has been informed that he could make his 2011 debut as early as April 29 against the Orioles.

Peavy will make two more rehab starts at Charlotte, one on April 18 and another on April 23. If those go well and he’s able to tally over 100 pitches in both outings, the White Sox will activate him.

Philip Humber will continue to draw starts in Peavy’s absence. He limited the Rays to four hits and only one earned run over six innings last week, earning his first victory of the year in impressive fashion. Chances are things won’t go as smoothly next time out.

J.D. Martinez tells teams he prefers an outfield role

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Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.

That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.

Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.