KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Friday's rainout, the third of the season for the White Sox, cost the Sox a valued off day but it came at a good time for the starting rotation.
The Sox would have had to dip into their bullpen to pull out Deunte Heath and others on Saturday, but pushing things back a day keeps the starters in line. Jake Peavy is tentatively scheduled to pitch Monday, although he wasn't over-the-top enthusiastic about the possibility even though he said his back felt better Friday, a day after his scheduled start in Texas was scratched.
"Still there,'' Peavy said. "It's not completely gone but I did make a whole lot of progress in a 24-hour period."
Peavy received treatment and had a massage therapist work him over Friday. He said he hopes to be ready Monday.
"I would hope that it would be a possibility pitching in this series,'' he said.
Pitching assignments aside, manager Robin Ventura said the team would have rather played the game. The team was assembled at Kauffman Stadium.
"These don't count as off days, so. I think guys would rather play,'' he said.
Dyland Axelrod starts Saturday against Jeremy Guthrie and Jose Quintana goes against Wade Davis on Sunday.