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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