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Peavy start still up in the air

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chi_g_peavy1_sw_576.jpgJake Peavy couldn't promise if he would pitch in Anaheim, whether he would pitch in Seattle or whether he would pitch at all this season for the team that acquired him at the July 31 trade deadline.
As a matter of fact, following his latest bullpen session on Wednesday, the White Sox right-hander could only make one promise about his future.
"I can promise you this,'' Peavy said. "On Feb. 15 or whatever day it is I report [for spring training], I'll be in as good of shape as anybody and be ready to pitch and expect nothing less than what I've done in years, which is giving my team a chance to win and work 200 plus innings. That's where I stand.''
It's been a tough season for the former Cy Young Award winner, first an ankle injury that sidelined him for more than two months, and then after he was traded to the South Side and seemingly back on track for a Aug. 28 return in the new Yankee Stadium, a comebacker in his last rehab assignment start struck his pitching elbow, leading to fluid forming in the area.
The Sox have maintained that they wanted to get Peavy on the mound before the season ends to make sure there are no lingering thoughts on their projected 2010 Opening Day starter over the winter, but Peavy said he knows what he brings to the table whether he pitches in the remaining three weeks or doesn't.
"In my mind, whether I get into pitch or whether I don't pitch, it has nothing to do with this offseason,'' Peavy said. "I look forward to the offseason and starting the rehabilitation on the ankle and starting to ease my way into getting strong, long-tossing, just starting fresh and being healthy again.
"I came off of a pretty traumatic injury and just trying to jump and go from 0 to 60, it's tough on all aspects of my body and the mental side of thing as well ... I'll do whatever the organization wants me to do, whether it's getting me out there this year or not.''
According to pitching coach Don Cooper, the goal in the latest session was to push the pitcher to the brink by having him go all out, simulating a game by having him sit after a certain number of pitches like it was the end of an inning.
As far as what's next, Cooper said that answer could come today, after they see how Peavy feels.
"The best I can tell you is we'll see how he feels [today] and continue to map out a plan for him to go out and pitch,'' Cooper said. "He and I are going to work together and decide when it's right, and right now we don't know when it's right.''

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