Peavy Shut Down, Sox Blow Late-Inning Lead

54579590.jpgWhite Sox fans have been holding their collective breath this spring during Jake Peavy‘s recovery from shoulder surgery. But, with each performance, he seemed to be getting stronger and it appeared he was right on schedule to start the season in Chicago.
Until today.
Before this afternoon’s game at Camelback Ranch against the Dodgers, Peavy and the Sox announced that the righthander was being shut down because of “rotator cuff tendinitis.” The next 48 hours will be key in evaluating the setback, but if Peavy misses Thursday’s scheduled start against the Cubs it’s a longshot he’ll be part of the Opening Day roster on April 1.
If Peavy’s 2011 regular season debut is delayed, Plan B will put into action. There is more than one candidate for the fifth starter role. Philip Humber and Tony Pena may be at the top of the list with perhaps Brian Bruney then making the club as the seventh reliever (an educated guess based on his outings this spring).
Another Frustrating Loss:  As noted previously in this blog, it’s become commonplace in  recent years for the Sox to be mediocre in spring training. It’s been a long time since they’ve even been .500 in Cactus League play. 
Today’s 9-7 loss to the Dodgers was an example of the trend. Jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first with RBI hits by Paul Konerko, Alex Rios and Carlos Quentin, the South Siders found themselves down 4-3, then tied it and went ahead 7-4 in the seventh on a solo homer by Quentin and a three-run blast by Gordon Beckham. But the roof fell in in the eighth as L.A. put up a five-spot–including two homers–against reliever Josh Kinney to give the Dodgers a 9-7 triumph.
Ozzie told Hawk and Steve Stone during today’s WGN telecast that no manager has ever gotten a raise for winning spring training games, espousing his philosophy that it’s more important for the players to get work and for the staff to see the kids play. I don’t disagree, but…
The Sox play the Padres tomorrow night in Peoria.

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