Jake Peavy to return from disabled list for Wednesday start

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White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen confirmed to Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune earlier this evening that Jake Peavy will indeed return from the disabled list to start Wednesday’s game against the Angels.

Peavy threw 100 pitches while giving up five runs over seven innings last Thursday in his final minor league rehab start with Triple-A Charlotte and was scheduled for a bullpen session prior to tonight’s game against the Angels.

This will be Peavy’s first start since undergoing surgery to repair a detached lat muscle near his throwing shoulder last July.

Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports that Peavy’s replacement Phil Humber will remain in the rotation to start Friday’s series opener against the Athletics while Gavin Floyd will go Saturday. The White Sox haven’t announced anything beyond that, but they are currently kicking around the idea of implementing a six-man rotation.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.