SEATTLE -- Jake Peavy won't save the Sox but he's eager to grab a bucket and bail water on their sinking ship.
"It's tough,'' the right-hander said of watching the Sox 12-22 start. "There are times in your career when on your fifth day you can come up with an answer to this [and say] 'I'm going to stop the bleeding tonight and throw a shutout.'
"To not even have that opportunity has been tough. I do want to bring some enthusiasm, some fire, some passion. I certainly think the ballclub could use a shot in the arm. I'm not promising anything, by any means, but I can promise you this: we're going to compete on that day -- not to say that we haven't been -- but there's going to be more energy than we've had. [We'll try] to turn things around. We've dug ourselves a pretty nice hole here.''
The Sox beat the Mariners 6-0 on Saturday night. Gavin Floyd (4-2) pitched eight scoreless innings and the offense banged out 17 hits, including four by Alex Rios and three apiece by Gordon Beckham and Brent Morel.
Peavy, recovering from surgery to repair a torn lat, is tentatively scheduled to pitch against the Angels in Anaheim on Wednesday, but manager Ozzie Guillen said the decision won't be made until he and Peavy confer with general manager Ken Williams. Peavy said it's "not etched in stone'' and didn't rule out the possibility of another rehab start.
Asked about a public perception that he's rushing his return, Peavy said, "I'm a competitor. I'm going to pitch if I feel I can pitch. If I' under doctors not to, I won't. But I've been honest with everybody, and we all think I'm as healthy as I can be and strong as I can be out of surgery we don't think we're putting anything at risk.''