As it turns out, starter Jake Peavy (who was recently acquired from the San Diego Padres by the Chicago White Sox at the trade deadline) might pitch again in 2009 after all.
The White Sox traded away four pitching prospects in exchange for Peavy last Friday before the MLB trade deadline, knowing that he might not pitch again this season after having ankle surgery in early June. But Peavy was able to throw a pain-free bullpen session over the weekend at Citi Field and now the right-hander believes he’ll be able to make his Chicago debut in the next three to four weeks.
The White Sox are in the thick of things in the AL Central, battling the current division-leading Detroit Tigers and the third place Minnesota Twins. Adding Peavy to their rotation (assuming he’s healthy of course) would provide a huge boost to the ChiSox chances of going to the playoffs this year.
If he doesn’t suffer an setbacks, Peavy could be available at the end of August or early September. If Chicago makes the postseason, a rotation of Peavy, Mark Buehrle, John Danks and Gavin Floyd would be hard to contest with.
Oddsmakers from online sports book SPORTSBETTING.COM have established the White Sox’s odds of winning the 2009 World Series at 30/1 and their AL Pennant odds at 15/1.
Posted: 8/4/09 1:30PM ET