Having dominated only relief appearance, Jake Peavy ready for the call once again

Rob Bradford
October 18, 2013 - 2:33 pm
Jake Peavy has done it before -- once. The last, and only, time Peavy pitched out  the bullpen came on June 25, 2011 in a season he was attempting to comeback from a right lat injury. Having already thrown 104 pitches three days prior, the righty came on for John Danks after the White Sox starter suffered an oblique injury early in Chicago's game against Washington. Peavy, who hadn't started his season until May 11 due to the injury, came on and pitched brilliantly, not allowing a run over four innings while striking out seven and not walking a batter. After the appearance, however, the optimism regarding the outing dwindled. "Torn lat, pitched for about a month, got in and I was throwing 94-95 mph in relief and I don't think I threw many balls over 90 mph the rest of the year," said Peavy of his 55-pitch relief appearance. "I started two days before threw 50-something pitches out of the bullpen a month after I came back. It was tough." But now, as Peavy prepares to potentially be an option of the bullpen for either Game 6 or 7 of the American League Championship Series, there is no hesitation. Having thrown 65 pitches in his three-inning start in Detroit Wednesday night, Peavy is at the ready. "I'm hoping the situation plays out to where I'm not needed. But I'll certainly be ready to go," he said. "There certainly aren't many more people anxious to get out there than I am. I'm excited if it comes to that, to get out there and help any way I can. Hopefully we go out there, score a few runs off Max [Scherzer] tomorrow night, Clay [Buchholz] does what he can do and we move on and talk about starting in the World Series." As for the potential change in preparation, Peavy isn't worried. "Warming up, it doesn't concern me at all just because of how easy I can get loose," I'm very blessed with that. If you watch me previously, I was done before Fister. It doesn't take me very long to be warmed up, so I don't think that will be a problem at all." Peavy and Red Sox pitching coach Juan Nieves feels like they have identified what went wrong in his Game 4 start, in which he surrendered seven runs on five hits while walking three. According to the pitcher, it was a simple matter of letting his body get out in front of his arm too much. "The ball was moving, and I just have to be able to harness that a little bit better and stay under control," he said. "A lot has to do with me getting going too much, moving a little too fast. I just wasn't staying back."