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Peavy on course for weekend debut

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145615_jake_peavy__kenny_williams.jpgANAHEIM, Calif. - Jake Peavy threw another simulated game/bullpen session before Sunday's finale in Anaheim, and he was sounding like a pitcher that will be ready to make his White Sox debut by the weekend when the Sox host Kansas City.
Now, it's just a matter of deciding when, no longer if.
"That's the best one so far,'' pitching coach Don Cooper said. "An extended workout. Basically, the equivalent of four innings. Movement was outstanding. He has outstanding movement. I haven't see the guy pitch first-hand in a game, but if that's not the biggest asset, it's certainly one of them. His curveball was good, his cutter, he threw some of them, was good. His fastball, change-up, went to a full windup, stretch, went over hitters. We really isolated the fastball more than anything.
"You can speculate there's going to be a bullpen Tuesday or Wednesday [in Seattle]. You can speculate that he will be pitching two or three days after that bullpen.''
The only way that would change would be if he would feel a setback when he wakes up this morning.
"I'm excited about it,'' Peavy said. "I know who I can be, and it's been frustrating to get there and jump right in and not ease into things. Its' been different than what I've done in years past. [Sunday] was certainly the best I've been and felt and hopefully that progresses.''
Peavy was acquired at the trade deadline already on the shelf with a bum right ankle. He was close to returning from that, but in an Aug. 24 rehab assignment game with Class AAA Charlotte, a comebacker struck his right elbow, causing a bone bruise and fluid to enter the area.
Now it seems, all systems are just about go.
"The stamina was definitely better, the sharpness of everything, the fastball command, the breaking ball, so we'll be ready to get in a game sometime soon,'' Peavy said. "I'm not sure how long I'll be able to go, but I'm excited to give it a go.''

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