WASHINGTON - If it were up to manager Ozzie Guillen, Jake Peavy would be sitting on the bench right next to him tomorrow afternoon, nothing more than a spectator.
Peavy, however, has decided to put some face make-up on and go all "Braveheart,'' pushing to make the start against the Nationals despite an MRI that showed inflammation and some fluid in the shoulder.
"I trust my players,'' Guillen said Friday. "I respect my players. I get along with my players even though people don't believe it. When he told me he was ready to go, I had to trust and believe him. I don't think he's going to put us or him in a spot to be hurt. We talked a lot about it, it was an easy decision. My idea was different than his idea, but like I said, he's a veteran pitcher, he knows what he has, knows how he feels, and that's the reason why he's going to pitch here.''
Guillen said his call was a trip to the 15-day disabled list for the hurler.
"I'm not a doctor, I'm not a general manager, I'm not a trainer and I'm not Peavy,'' Guillen said. "We go by ear and I talked to him about it, and I'd rather have him miss two starts than miss six starts. He promised me he would be fine, he's not going to lie to me, because nobody lies to us, he's going to pitch. I want him on the mound ... you want him on the mound.''
Peavy played catch before Friday's game, his first time throwing a baseball since he pitched in Wrigley Field last week. The fluid and discomfort have both subsided, but he did let it be known that the maintenance of this setback will be an on-going, likely all-season program.
"The bottom line is when something like this flares up, you probably have to stay on top of it all year,'' Peavy said. "That's the bottom line. The only way to get stuff better is time off. That's something we don't have the luxury to have in a baseball season. Every day players have to get out there every day and take a few days off here and there. Starters can take a few starts off and once they get to that, so be it. But we'll try to push through it.
"I want to be out there for the boys and I've said I feel like I've started to find a little bit of a groove and I feel like I went out there and although not on top of the game like I'd liked to be, but put together quality starts and winning games, and I hope that continues.''
Over his last four road starts, Peavy is 3-1 with a 5.74 ERA.
"You can't take a week off of anything of ever want to do the skilled thing and think you're going to be as sharp as you were,'' Peavy said. "But that's part of it. There's going to be zero excuse for not making the pitches I want. I don't want to talk about that after the game, win lose or draw. I'm going out there and expect to win, expect to make quality pitches and have enough muscle memory to find a way to win.''
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