For the past three years, Jake Peavy had a lot of time to think about the future.
Prior to this season, he made just 39 appearances after a trade deadline deal brought the former Cy Young winner to Chicago in 2009.
But, that was then.
Peavy says hes fully recovered from from surgery to replace his right latissimus dorsi tendon that he tore completely off the bone in July of 2010.
His numbers through 12 starts prove it. He ranks in the Top 10 of the American League in wins, innings, strikeouts, ERA and WHIP. Never a numbers guy, Peavy is ecstatic hes showing the promise that came with him when he was acquired from San Diego.
Theres no doubt its been gratifying to come back and show the city and some of the fans that I can be good for this ballclub, Peavy told CSNChicago.com Saturday. Its been tough, being here and being hurt and battling through many different injuries. But its been a good year so far. The team is in a good position and Im in a good position health-wise.
Peavys 6-1 start is a big reason that the White Sox have been at or near the top of the AL Central all season. The team is 9-3 when Peavy pitches. While many publications had the White Sox losing 90-plus games, the right hander was confident the team had the pieces to contend for a division title.
We never bought into it. I know a lot of people wanted to talk about us finishing last in the division. We knew as individuals, myself, Adam Dunn and Alex Rios, we had to pick up some of the slack. We knew if those things transpired, that wed be right here in the middle of things, which we are.
As for Peavys future beyond 2012, the Sox hold a 22 million team-option for next season and its a virtual lock that the White Sox will not pick it up. That means Peavy could be a free agent for the first time in his career, though hed love to call the Southside home for quite some time. I love the city of Chicago. Theres no better place to play than right here on the Southside, but thats something well cross and think about when we get there.
So, in the short term, Peavy and the White Sox are focused on what they can control. For Peavy, its taking the ball every fifth day, staying healthy and trying to push the White Sox into October baseball. Something that didnt come so easy in years past.
Im just honestly pouring my heart and soul to what I got going here in 2012. I want to be on a championship ballclub and push this team to get there, said Peavy.
The first 2 months of 2012 have looked nothing like the first 2 years of Peavys Southside tenure. If that holds up, Peavy just might get the chance to push the Sox into the postseason.