KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy declared himself fit to pitch Wednesday against the New York Mets. Peavy tested his sore back during a bullpen session at Kauffman Stadium on Monday morning and said he's ready to take the ball after missing one start.
Peavy said he is pain free and probably could have started Monday. But he needed to be pain free for two days before pitching.
"Yesterday or the day before we would have been pushing it,'' Peavy said. "It looks like we're on point to go Wednesday night.''
Peavy praised the Sox training staff to get him ready.
"Yesterday I was able to throw for the first time without it grabbing me pretty good,'' he said. "The way I felt today with two more days of treatment I can't see why Wednesday night I won't be on cue.''
"The biggest thing will be getting my feel back. I just have to play some good catch tomorrow. Feel is the toughest thing to get back when you haven't done much of anything. I hadn't played catch at all. I got a lot of work today but you can't work too hard and got to save your bullets. Hopefully I'll have my feel Wednesday night and give us a chance to go into New York and win."
Plane rides usually aren't a bad back's friend, so Peavy will make sure he's hydrated and keep moving around on the team flight from Kansas City to New York after the Sox play the Royals on Monday afternoon.
"Don't sit and be stiff. I'm sure there will be some stretching in the galleys,'' he said. "But that's pretty common on your flights."
Playing in a National League park means Peavy will have to swing a bat but he said that's not a concern. He jumped off the mound as if to field a batted ball when he finished his bullpen session.
"I went through and ran and had no problems,'' he said. "I'll swing a bat if I need to swing a bat. Bunt if it's called on. I love the National League game and if I can pitch and participate in an American League game, I could do the same in a National League game. It wasn't a thought."
Peavy isn't one to hold back, so making sure he's loose was key.
"You can thinking about staying compact and taking care of yourself, but you guys know when I get out there Wednesday night I'll be a wreck at times the way my body moves. Just try to cover those bases, and it felt good."