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Ventura hopeful Peavy can return soon

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ARLINGTON, Texas - Jake Peavy is the latest White Sox to put trainer Herm Schneider to work. The right-hander was scratched from his scheduled start against the Rangers on Thursday with a sore back.

Peavy said his back locked up on him while the team was stretching before Wednesday's game. He received treatment all day from Schneider on Thursday holding out hope to take the ball, but he will have to wait at least a couple of days.

"I've never had anything like this happen at all,'' said Peavy, who was enjoying normal health for a second straight season. "Now I've had some back soreness because of my leg differential, but I've never had anything like this. It's completely new to me. I was hoping maybe a muscle relaxer and some treatment would do the trick last night and I'd be able to go today. It wasn't the case.''

Hector Santiago, scheduled to pitch the opener of a three-game series in Kansas City on Friday, was moved into Peavy's spot. Dylan Axelrod moved up to Saturday. Jose Quintana pitches Saturday, and manager Robin Ventura said he hoped Peavy could take the ball Sunday.

Peavy's setback was the latest in a series for the rotation, which lost Gavin Floyd to a sore elbow and is waiting on John Danks to climb back to 100 percent. Danks made a minor league rehab start in Birmingham.

Floyd's elbow may be worse than first thought. He will seek multiple opinions, and the fear exists that he could be dealing with an ulnar collateral ligament that would require surgery. The 30-year-old, who is in the last year of his contract, was on the DL twice last year with elbow problems.

"Yeah. I think the news isn't always good,'' Ventura said of Floyd. "It's just one of those where you keep getting a different opinion just to make sure you have all your bases covered. Once you go there [surgery], it's for a long time. I think for him it's the comfort of knowing he's doing the right thing, getting enough opinions from experts. I'm not an expert. I'm going to let them kind of figure that out. Ultimately it's his decision.''

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