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Peavy set to go?

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peavy%20(ap).jpgANAHEIM, Calif. - Leave it to the White Sox to turn in a soap opera into a mystery.
Pitcher Jake Peavy was saying all the right things on Friday, two days after he threw a simulated game in the bullpen.
"Just normal soreness,'' Peavy said of the right elbow that was struck by a comebacker in an Aug. 24 rehab assignment start. "[Wednesday] was almost like a start day. I threw about 60 pitches, got up and down about three times like innings, so I was sore, but just general soreness like you should have because I was letting some balls go. Other than that, just got some working out in [Friday]. I'm just waiting for them to tell me what, when and where, if they want me to, don't want me to, just waiting on the word.''
On the other hand, pitching coach Don Cooper was saying very little.
Cooper did meet with general manager Ken Williams and did admit to having a plan in place. Letting that plan known? That was a different story.
"I've got something in mind right now, after looking, discussing, putting it down on paper, to make sure everyone is on a schedule, but I'm not prepared to talk about it now,'' Cooper said. "To me it's Seattle or Kansas City, and we have a couple options there.
"We have some starters throwing the ball well, and you don't want to throw them out of whack, plus, we're still in a pennant race. It's a lot to ask of a guy that hasn't pitched in a long time, 'Hey, just go ahead and hop in the pennant race.' That's some of the consideration. He will pitch, I just can't tell you when.''
An off day on Thursday and then another upcoming one on Monday before the Mariners series, allows Cooper to go with a four-man rotation for the time being. Peavy, who initially missed more than two months because of an ankle injury, could slide in there fairly easily, however, especially because the club had gone out of its way to keep Mark Buehrle as rested as they could the first half of the season.
But pitching Peavy against Kansas City at home would make a bit more sense, considering the bump in attendance it could give to a team that will be counting every penny the last three weeks.
As far as Peavy was concerned, just name the date and place.
"It's getting time where I'm as frustrated as I've ever been, trying to get back and you don't really have a clear-cut game plan,'' the right-hander added. "I'm just going to do what I'm told to do. I'm ready to do whatever.''

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