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Cooper on Peavy and a fifth starter for Saturday

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jake.jpgDon Cooper knows exactly how it looks on paper.
If, and when, newly-acquired ace Jake Peavy is ready to pitch, he would headline a group that also includes Mr. Perfect Game himself, Mark Buehrle, as well as John Danks and Gavin Floyd. Add Jose Contreras to the mix as the No. 5, and it would seem to be as formidable starting five as the White Sox have had since Cooper took over the pitching coach duties.
Yes, Cooper knows how it looks on paper, and then on Tuesday he crumpled that paper up and tossed it to the side when asked how this current rotation could stack up against the 2005 staff.
"No, no, we haven't accomplished nothing,'' Cooper said. "Just having the five names together, what is that, you know? The five names in 2005 accomplished a World Championship, so you can talk about them. No staff compares to them because they got it done, they did it. You have to achieve something to be considered in the same sentence as that group.''
Besides, Cooper has bigger problems to deal with, like a starter for Saturday. Monday's off day allowed the Sox to play skip-a-roo for the time being, but they need a fresh arm to face the team that once resembled the Cleveland Indians.
Cooper said D.J. Carrasco was the in-house candidate once again, but depending on his use in the Angels series, that could change, with the Sox going to the minor leagues. Righty Carlos Torres and lefty Wes Whisler are on the radar.
"We have D.J. a possibility again, but we could go with the kid Torres again or go with Wes Whistler,'' Cooper said. "Those are the names.''
Not an option just yet is Freddy Garcia.
"Freddy won't be ready for that,'' Cooper said. "Freddy probably needs at least three more [starts] for us to start saying, 'OK, let's see where he is right now.' He's still getting his feet and legs underneath him. Freddy is up to five innings, 60 pitches, and his velocity was 87-88 mph average. We know that Freddy is hard balls and smarts, and we know his curveball, slider, changeup will be there, because they're always there, he can throw them on Christmas morning. It's a little more game stuff for him, making sure legs are under him and arm is strong. He's further along than where Jake is, but Jake didn't have an arm injury, Freddy did.
"Getting to Jake, he's going to have a side day [Wednesday] in San Diego and take two days off. Then he'll do something with us on Saturday.''
As far as the best-case scenario for Peavy's debut with the South Siders, that remained late August.

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