Just when it seemed the White Sox were finally at full stregnth, their "pitching leader," as described by John Danks, Jake Peavy went down for at least one month a non-displaced rib fracture.
Outside of his last two starts, which may have been effected by his injury, Peavy had been brilliant in 2013. In fact, after his dominant victory over the Miami Marlins back on May 25th, his ERA was down to 2.97 (now up at 4.30 after poor starts at CHC & SEA).
Peavy thus far is 6-4 on the season and holds a very good 1.16 ERA. The team has made it clear that they believe he can be back on the Sox at the end of the six (or so) weeks, not starting a rehab assignment then.
Given the team's recent struggles and the trade deadline lying on July 31st, that may at least be a bit of somewhat positive news, considering he could be one of the hotter commodities on the market this summer.
With Peavy under contract through 2014, plenty of teams are going to want his veteran presence considering how many innings he can eat up while being a very solid top-of-the-rotation pitcher.
But even if the Sox do decide to stick with him this year, they could either shop him in the offseason or stick with him behind Chris Sale for next season. Either way, he'll have plenty of time to answer any injury concerns or questions we may have, as he should see at least another two months on the mound, whether it's on the south side of Chicago or elsewhere, before the season comes to a close.
According to ESPN Chicago, manager Robin Ventura has said that Hector Santiago will indeed step back in to the rotation (2.96 ERA in five starts) with another roster move coming soon. I'd expect Jeff Gray or Jason Berken to be called up, as I recently wrote about.