White Sox ace: Jake Peavy or Chris Sale?

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I guess it’s safe to say that this year’s Chicago White Sox opening day starter, John Danks, is no longer considered the ace of the staff, what with his lackluster numbers juxtaposed against the dominating stats being put up by the youngster Chris Sale and the patched up veteran Jake Peavy. The former had a dominant, club record setting 14 Ks in one game while the latter is looking like his Cy Young days from when he wore a San Diego Padres uniform.

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White Sox to Continue Pitching Unconventional Six Man Rotation

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After the sweep over everyone’s preseason champion Boston Red Sox, the Chicago White Sox now have a 9-6 record with a 4.22 ERA in 21 starts since employing the six-man rotation. Manager Ozzie Guillen confirmed today that the Sox will stick with the unconventional plan. The White Sox are 18-25 while using a five man rotation.

Maybe this will catch on across the major leagues? Or is this just a fluky nuance like Tony La Russa batting St. Louis Cardinals pitchers eighth? As of now, the Sox will continue to go put Mark Buerhle, Gavin Floyd, John Danks, Edwin Jackson, Phil Humber and Jake Peavy out there.

But if they do revert back to a traditional five man rotation, who would drop out?

There are three candidates among the six.

By Paul M. Banks

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Sox shut Jake Peavy down for the Season, Will undergo Ground-breaking Surgery

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Right-handed pitcher Jake Peavy of the Chicago White Sox will undergo surgery to repair a detached latissimus dorsi muscle in his right posterior shoulder on Wednesday at Rush University Hospital-Oak Park, with surgeons from Midwest Orthopedics.

This surgical procedure has previously been performed on tennis and volleyball players, but this will be the first time it’s ever been done on a Major League Baseball pitcher.

“Nobody’s had the surgery in baseball that we know of…Obviously, this is uncharted territory because it’s not common,’’ Peavy said.

“While (pitchers) have torn lats, they’ve never completely torn off the bone with no attachments left. And that’s where we’re at. We’re hoping, around the start of the season, to be back in action,” he said.

The Sox ace removed his shirt so that reporters could see the stark contrast between his injured shoulder/back ligament  and the healthy one. The injured muscle tissue was not a sight for the faint of heart.

However, Peavy plans to be throwing again next spring and ready to pitch by next season; if all goes well. A consensus of doctors agree that he could be back in uniform for 2011.

By Paul M. Banks

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Jake Peavy heads to DL, Big Blow to White Sox Hopes?

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Prior to tonight’s rain-delayed game vs. the Los Angeles Angels, the Chicago White Sox placed right-handed pitcher Jake Peavy on the 15-day disabled list with a detached latissimus dorsi muscle in his right posterior shoulder and recalled right-hander Jeff Marquez from Class AAA Charlotte.

Ouch! Anything “detached” sounds like trouble, big trouble. And I have no clue what a latissimus dorsi is, but I’m assuming it’s the muscle you work when you do “lat pull-downs” at the gym.

We’re hearing 15 day DL now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Peavy gets shut down for the whole year at a later date, like last season.

By Paul M. Banks

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White Sox 1st Qtr Report Card: Pitchers & Coaches

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“They’re all dead?!?!” describes the “Lost” television series finale in three simple words.  “You’re Fired” are two words to perfectly summarize the “Celebrity Apprentice.”  And do these analogies compare to White Sox pitcher report cards for the first quarter of the 2010 season?  How about Ozzie Guillen’s future with the Sox?

Let’s play ball! For the 1st Qtr report card of position players go here

By Soxman

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