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Peavy debut now pushed back to Sept. 3 at Wrigley?

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Jake Peavy White Sox.jpgOAKLAND, Calif - The Cubs might be getting Jake Peavy after all.
Just not exactly in the way they were hoping for.
After making his first rehab assignment start in his recovery from an injured right ankle, Peavy opened some eyes in Charlotte Thursday night, throwing three scoreless innings, while allowing just one hit and one walk, while fanning five.
But before Sox fans get their Peavy jerseys ready to wear, the guys that make the decisions for the White Sox did their best to turn the heat to simmer on all the Peavy excitement.
"Everyone was raving, but Peavy was happy, but he wasn't raving to me,'' pitching coach Don Cooper said Friday. "We text each other back and forth, and he's happy with what he did, he's starting to feel better, but it's starting to look like he's going to need at least two more [starts] no matter how you shake it out. It's par for the course for him to feel so good because he hasn't been on the mound on a regular basis.''
Peavy, who was acquired from San Diego at the trade deadline, informed the club that he wants to return to the big-league level when he knows he is capable of pitching a complete game.
"He's got a lot of pride,'' one Sox official said. "I wouldn't be surprised if it's more like Sept. 3.''
That would be against the Cubs in Wrigley Field. The same Cubs who spent the winter trying to complete a deal for Peavy, but for whatever reason couldn't get it done.
Now, the Sox are hoping that the Cubs' loss can come back to haunt them.
"Peavy threw the ball very well,'' manager Ozzie Guillen said. "[General manager] Kenny [Williams] told me he got a little tired at the end, which is something we obviously knew [would happen]. But [Williams] said he threw the ball very, very good. But we cannot go there and get too excited about it. We have to be patient and he has to be patient. When he gets here we want him to get here for good.''
Besides, the Sox have more pressing matters, specifically who will be the starter for Tuesday's game against Kansas City.
Guillen said it was still being discussed, but privately it sounds like the decision has been made and it will be "Big Game'' Freddy Garcia. The Sun-Times reported on Thursday that Garcia was already saying farewell to his Charlotte teammates, heading to Chicago for the weekend.
"A lot of people recommend Freddy from the minor leagues,'' Guillen said. "Is that the guy we're going to call up? I don't know yet. Freddy is throwing the ball real good, the ball is coming out of his hand. I think he's got enough starts, but I'm excited to know exactly what we're going to do.''

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