Jake Peavy describes finger irritation as 'a non-issue,' but offers a reminder of the value of rotation depth

February 15, 2014 - 5:08 am

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The transient nature of so-called pitching "surpluses" was underscored on Friday, when Red Sox right-hander Jake Peavy walked out of JetBlue Park after receiving treatment on his right hand for irritation in his ring finger. Peavy suggested that while the precise cause of his injury was unknown, the matter was of minimal significance. "It's okay. Just got some irritation that we're going to monitor and take it easy for a few days to make sure it gets out of there. It won't be any more of a problem," said Peavy. "We're not really sure [how it happened]. I did take a ball off the hand, but we're not really sure how the irritation became. It's just in my ring finger on my right hand. You want to be cautious and knock those things out early in camp and not let it be an issue. It's really a non-issue." Still, even if the issue was of little relevance to Peavy's spring program, it did offer the first reminder of the value of rotation depth as the Sox prepare to defend their title. Peavy is one of six veteran starters -- along with Jon Lester, John Lackey, Clay Buchholz, Ryan Dempster and Felix Doubront -- in Sox camp, and while that creates a bit of a crowd for the five spots in the Red Sox rotation, Peavy also acknowledged that the idea of having more starters than available spots on the starting staff represents an asset, even if there is some uncertainty about what the Sox might do with the rotation if all six potential members remain healthy throughout the spring.

"I love the fact that we have a ton of experience, a ton of depth in a lot of ways. I think we have one of the best staffs in baseball that can pitch with anybody. We've shown that," said Peavy. "I've always felt that you have to pitch well to earn your spot, no matter what position and what you'€™ve done in the past. Spring training is tough, especially when you have veteran guys, because you want to work on stuff. You want to have the spring training you always have and that'€™s making sure you're ready to pitch come April 1 or whenever the season starts. I'm not sure how that'€™s all going down."