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Update on the Jake Peavy injury

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Jake_Peavy_Chicago_White_Sox.jpgThe White Sox rise from road kill to contender was due in large part to a starting staff that finally lived up to all the offseason hype and started flexing its dominance.
That may have all changed in one pitch.
On a 2-2 offering to the Angels' Mike Napoli in the second inning, Sox starter Jake Peavy quickly jumped in pain, favoring his right side, and then started walking off the field before the trainers could even reach him. If a competitor like Peavy is headed straight to the dugout, well, that's never a good sign.
It was just three weeks ago, that Peavy had an MRI and fluid was discovered in his shoulder. Manager Ozzie Guillen wanted him to go on the disabled list, but Peavy talked the club out of it. It seemed like a great sales job by the veteran pitcher, especially because he then went 2-1 in his next three starts, allowing just three runs in 22 innings pitched.
Just last week, Peavy said, "the bottom line is I appreciate the organization understanding my philosophy and the way I go about things, the way I want to be revered in this clubhouse by my teammates, and if I want to go out there, albeit a little sore, I want to take the post. If I don't go to the post every fifth day then you'll know that something is wrong with me.
"As long as I know I'm not jeopardizing my career, the bottom line is I want to be a part of something special. That can't happen in June, it can't happen in July, it's got to happen in October. And I want to be a part of that.''
It now remains to be seen how long before Peavy can be a part of that, with the club calling the injury a strained right latissimus dorsi muscle - which is located in the side of the back, under the shoulder. He will be re-evaluated Wednesday.
Either way, the Sox players knew it wasn't going to be easy.
"We still have a lot of work in front of us,'' veteran Mark Kotsay said. "Playing consistent, I think for the amount of time we've played consistent for, is a big key and a big plus in gaining momentum, gaining confidence. We've played really good baseball, we've pitched great, played great defense, we've done the things that this team needs to do to win. We just need to continue down that path.
"The easiest thing to do is to have success, the hardest thing is to fail. We've gone through those stretches where we failed, and now that we're having success you never want to go back to that feeling of not being able to get done what you want to get done.''

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