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Peavy throws “nice and easy” in Thursday bullpen session

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CHICAGO - JUNE 25: Starting pitcher Jake Peavy #44 of the Chicago White Sox delivers the ball against the Chicago Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field on June 25, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Cubs 6-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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Jake Peavy is still considered questionable for Opening Day, but everything has gone smoothly to this point in White Sox camp.

The right-hander, making his way back from major lat surgery, threw a bullpen session in front of White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and general manager Kenny Williams on Thursday afternoon.

According to Mark D. Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune, Peavy “threw with ease” and reported to abnormal pain or discomfort when he was finished. It’s a good start, but he isn’t fully pushing his body at this point and he still has a long road ahead.

“Just what I expected, because I’ve been on the mound before,” Peavy told reporters afterward. “Just nice and easy. Nothing too much. Just a good side session. Fastball, changeup, and the location was good. Just climbing like the other guys are.”

The White Sox announced Thursday that 21-year-old left-hander Chris Sale is going to open the 2011 season in the bullpen, which serves as a good indication that they are confident in Peavy’s ongoing recovery.