Ace of the staff, Jake Peavy suffered a season ending detached lat muscle near his shoulder a season ago and is on the road to recovery this off-season.
Projections had Peavy coming back to the team a few months into the 2011 season, but now it looks like his timetable for recovery is speeding up.
Just this week Peavy had a 40-pitch throwing session, and the veteran pitcher is now rumored to be targeting a return close to Opening Day at the start of April. The main concern for Peavy going forward is that he doesn't push his rehab too hard and suffers a setback.
Having a healthy Peavy will be a big reason for the White Sox to have a shot at winning a division title because he's the only star pitcher on this team. John Danks and others have the ability to post solid outings but Peavy is the type of pitcher who can go out and dominate in big games, at crucial times in the season.
Until Peavy can return it is thought that the team will give prospect talent Chris Sale a spot in the starting rotation. Sale is projected to be a relief pitcher this season but this team will need him to throw quality innings as the fifth starter.
If the White Sox can stay near the top of the American League Central without Peavy, the veteran's return will be a huge boost to a winning team. In the end, baseball fans should expect the White Sox to contend with the Tigers and Twins for the division, well into September.
Writer: Sean E. Douglas
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