Jake Peavy fans nine batters in scoreless rehab outing

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Our eyes were glued to the Charlotte Knights’ Twitter feed this evening for updates on Jake Peavy’s rehab start, his first since landing on the disabled list in early June with a groin strain.

Peavy just finished up, and it was a beauty. The right-hander struck out nine batters over six scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and issuing no walks against the Nationals’ Triple-A affiliate.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen suggested Wednesday that Peavy might need more than one rehab outing, but he cruised tonight and could land back in the major leagues as early as next week.

Peavy, 30, has posted a 4.66 ERA, 20/4 K/BB ratio and 0.99 WHIP in five big league starts this season.