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Peavy set to debut Saturday

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1922470.jpgSEATTLE - It sounded strange to hear Jake Peavy finally utter the words, but on Tuesday he finally did - and with confidence.
"Yeah, how about that,'' Peavy said. "I'm going to make a start.
"I'm going to get out there and compete. I expect to win on Saturday and we'll have a few more starts and put to bed hopefully all this injury stuff or whatever it is and I'll show up and be ready to go at spring training. Stranger things have happened, and if we get to the postseason, I'll be fine and ready for that as well.''
It's been a frustrating six weeks for the White Sox ace in waiting since he was acquired from San Diego at the July 31 trade deadline.
First it was the obstacle of getting through the right ankle injury he suffered with the Padres, and then as he was making what was supposed to be his last rehab start from the ankle problem back on Aug. 24, he was hit with a comebacker in the right elbow, setting him back another few weeks.
But after throwing a second all-out bullpen session in Anaheim over the weekend and not feeling any soreness in the wake of it on Monday's off day, the Sox announced that Peavy would make his debut on Saturday, when the Sox host Kansas City.
"I think that's what we were looking for a long time, before he got hit by the ball,'' Guillen said. "It's been like two weeks when he was supposed to be on the mound. It will be interesting. I think it's going to be exciting, especially for him. He wasn't on the mound for a long time, and it will be interesting to see him perform and I know personally he's looking forward to being on the mound.''
That he is.
"I look forward to going out there and competing, like I said,'' Peavy explained. "I'm certainly not where a normal starter would be or where those other guys are, but I'll go out there and compete and I look forward to taking the field the first time with my new teammates.''
Peavy is expected to be on a pitch count, considering his last two bullpen sessions were the equivalent of throwing four innings or so, and could get the yank at about the 70-75 pitch mark.
"I wanted to put everything to rest a lot quicker but the bottom line is I just wasn't able to do that,'' Peavy added. "I can tell you I did everything I possibly could do and [Don Cooper] as a pitching coach and these trainers absolutely worked their tails off to get me as healthy as I could be. I don't expect to be 100 percent. I'm not 100 percent. I would be lying if I told you I was.''

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