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Peavy's Saturday start is still 'up in the air'

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J9H_trans_extension_jpg_max_side_540.jpgBOSTON - Jake Peavy would like nothing more than to play savior for a White Sox team that suddenly looks like it needs serious saving.
After all, Mr. Perfect Game - Mark Buehrle - hasn't won since he made history against Tampa Bay on July 23, Jose Contreras is now a reliever and Freddy Garcia is still working through the kinks, as well as doing a lot of sweating along the way, as he tries to recapture his form before shoulder problems.
Besides Gavin Floyd and John Danks, the strength of the team is suddenly laboring.
So obviously Peavy, acquired at the trade deadline from San Diego, would like to make the Saturday start in Yankee Stadium and help right the ship.
Unfortunately, the fact that he took a comebacker off the right elbow in his third rehab assignment start for Charlotte on Monday night now has everything up in the air, including his Sox debut.
"I think it is a fight because every part of me wants to be out there Saturday in a great venue against a great team, giving my team a chanced to win, and I believe that when healthy and when I do feel right, I can go out there, like I said, I might not be ready to throw seven to nine innings, but I believe I can give us somewhat of a chance to win,'' Peavy said Tuesday. "It's so much up in the air with getting hit, and with three starts in the minor leagues and trying to put it all together, you really don't know where you're at. You feel like you do, but until you get against big-league hitters, obviously great ones we'll face on this road trip in a big-league atmosphere, you really don't know where you're at. Certainly when, and if, the time comes, I'm going to do everything I can to compete and hopefully win a couple ballgames down the stretch.''
In talking with the media for close to 10 minutes before the Red Sox game, Peavy sounded every bit a conflicted man, weighting what's at stake for his new club with his health. Sometimes it sounded as if his mind was made up and he would in fact make the start against the Yankees.
Case in point: "We're going to treat it, treat it and treat it some more, and hopefully things will calm down, we'll be able to throw the next few days and this weekend won't be altered.''
Other times sounding like the sting felt by the comebacker has put this weekend in jeopardy.
"Obviously, the decision would be a little easier to make if we weren't coming off a ball hitting me square in the elbow,'' the right-hander said. "It's just frustrating to come out for [Tuesday's] work day and not being able to play catch. And a bullpen [today] up in the air, that's obviously frustrating to me with all we battled through to get to this point.''
The one point that was made by both pitching coach Don Cooper and manager Ozzie Guillen was that Peavy will dictate when Peavy is ready to pitch.
"When he tells me he's ready to pitch, I'll pencil him in and be glad to do it,'' Guillen said.
If he's not ready to pitch Saturday?
"The possibilities for the next spot open are the same names we talked about Monday night,'' Cooper added, referring to minor-leaguers Daniel Hudson and Carlos Torres. "That's all I got.''

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I think what everyone needs to know is..is he doing the towel drill yet?

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