Jake Peavy’s return from shoulder surgery was delayed just two weeks ago, but it’s now possible that he could make his season debut with the White Sox as soon as next week.
Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune reports that Peavy will make his next — and potentially final — minor league rehab start with Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday. Peavy was originally scheduled to start with Double-A Birmingham on Wednesday, but there doesn’t appear to be any significance to the change.
Peavy struck out eight while allowing three runs over 5 2/3 innings in a rehab start with Triple-A Charlotte this past Friday.
He’ll likely be reevaluated following Thursday’s outing, but Peavy’s projected return comes at an interesting time for the White Sox, as Phil Humber has a 2.67 ERA and 21/7 K/BB ratio over his first five starts with the White Sox this season. It’s a pretty nice problem to have.
In his first action since going down with a strained left oblique, Angel Pagan went 1-for-4 with a walk while playing five innings in an extended spring training game Monday.
Obliques strains tend to require at least three weeks on the DL, but Pagan appears to be aiming to make it back in the minimum 15 days. He’s eligible to be activated on Saturday.
With Pagan sidelined, the Mets have been using Jason Pridie in center field, and the 27-year-old Triple-A veteran has been surprisingly successful, going 7-for-25 with two homers and five RBI in seven games. It could present the Mets with a bit of dilemma when Pagan is activated. Neither Scott Hairston nor Willie Harris has been productive in a reserve role, but both are established veterans and it’s doubtful either is interested in accepting a minor league assignment. The Mets won’t keep all three, so unless he really tears it up the next few days, Pridie is probably going to end up back in Triple-A.
The Red Sox cleared Josh Beckett to start Wednesday after his 25-pitch bullpen session went well Monday, and they announced plans to return Daisuke Matsuzaka to the rotation on Friday.
Beckett, whose normal turn would have fallen tonight, was given extra rest after failing to come out with his best stuff in a no-decision last week against Baltimore. He previously threw 125 pitches on April 21 against the Angels, and it seemed his arm didn’t respond as well as hoped afterwards.
Matsuzaka left his start Friday in the fifth inning because of right elbow tightness, but the Red Sox have decided against putting him on the disabled list or having him skip a start. Like Beckett, he’ll be pitching on six days’ rest this week.
With both veterans in line to start, it doesn’t look like Tim Wakefield will get an opportunity for an encore performance anytime soon. Filling in for an ailing Clay Buchholz on Sunday, he pitched 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball (with the lone run scoring after he left) in his first start of the year. He exited in line for the win, only to end up with a no-decision when Bobby Jenks blew the lead. The Red Sox did end up winning in the bottom of the ninth to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Mariners.
A bone bruise in his left hand has Robinson Cano out of the Yankees lineup for Monday’s game against the Tigers, though the All-Star does hope to play Tuesday.
Cano was injured Sunday while trying a catch a pickoff throw from pitcher Ivan Nova. Eduardo Nunez is starting at second base in his place tonight. Nick Swisher has moved into the fifth spot in the lienup.
Although he’s optimistic about being ready to go Tuesday, Cano didn’t feel as though he’d be ready to pinch-hit tonight. He was seen icing the hand in the clubhouse today, and he believes that going the whole day without gripping a bat will put him in better position to return tomorrow.
“I don’t want to make it worse,” he said when asked about his availability off the bench.
David Freese exited yesterday’s game with a broken hand thanks to a Scott Linebrink fastball and today general manager John Mozeliak announced that his return timetable is 9-12 weeks.
According to Mozeliak he’s unlikely to return until late July, which is a big blow to a Cardinals roster already decimated by injuries.
Freese was off to a strong start, hitting .356 with an .865 OPS in 25 games after putting up solid numbers as a rookie last season, and the Cardinals’ options to replace him at third base aren’t very appealing.
Daniel Descalso is getting the start there tonight, Nick Punto and Tyler Greene are light-hitting options, and Allen Craig has some third base experience in the minors if the Cardinals want to sacrifice defense to get his bat in the lineup. Albert Pujols played 1.1 innings at third base yesterday in an emergency situation, but don’t expect to see him back at the hot corner.