After throwing his first bullpen session Sunday since suffering right rotator cuff tendinitis, Jake Peavy of the Chicago White Sox said he would stay in Arizona to continue his rehabilitation and might need three or four starts before rejoining the rotation in late April.
“You got to be able to throw 100-plus pitches in the big leagues if you’re going to start,” Peavy said after throwing 30 pitches. “You can’t come up and be hampering your team. So you got to get to that number.
“I was close. But we’ve missed a start and we’ve regressed since then, so I got to throw, I would imagine, three or four times to get my pitch count and body used to doing it. And hopefully my shoulder responds and acts the way it should.”
Peavy, the 2007 National League Cy Young winner with San Diego, will take advantage of the warm Arizona weather before rejoining the White Sox in time for their April 7 home opener though he won’t pitch. He will then continue his rehab in Chicago with pitching coach Don Cooper.
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Tampa Bay Rays starters Evan Longoria, David Price and Reid Brignac were victims of a robbery of their shared house in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Among the items stolen were a 60-inch flat screen TV, three iPads and two Xbox video game systems, the St. Petersburg Times reported.
Price, who was the first to discover the break-in, said he lost around $50,000 worth of items including several high-priced watches.
None of the players was in the house at the time of the robbery.
SO LONG, SILVA
Right-hander Carlos Silva caused more controversy on his way out as a member of the Chicago Cubs.
The Cubs released the former Mariner on Sunday, leaving the team responsible for his $11.5 million salary.
Silva criticized first-year pitching coach Mark Riggins for not “being straight” with him about the team’s plans.
“Riggs came to me and said, ‘What a day, and now go out there and do your workout and continue pitching the way you’re doing,’” Silva said Saturday. “A half-hour later, he called me into the hall and started talking to me.
“I’m like, if you have to say something, be straight. He has to learn he’s in the big leagues now, know what I mean? There’s no kids around here anymore.”
That brought a sharp rebuke from Cubs general manager Jim Hendry.
“His comments about Mark Riggins were totally inappropriate and unacceptable,” Hendry said. “Once again, it’s a weakness for somebody that doesn’t perform well and chooses to blame somebody else on the way out.”
The Cubs obtained Silva in a trade with Seattle for outfielder Milton Bradley on Dec. 18, 2009. Last season, Silva began 8-0 before finishing 10-6 with a 4.22 ERA.
The Mariners signed Silva to a four-year contract late in 2007 for between $44 million and $48 million.
The Washington Nationals traded hot-tempered outfielder Nyjer Morgan to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league infielder Cutter Dykstra, son of former big leaguer Lenny Dykstra, and cash. Morgan received a pair of one-week suspensions from Major League Baseball last season that were eventually reduced. ... The Cincinnati Reds reassigned left-hander Dontrelle Willis, the 2003 NL rookie of the year with Florida, and outfielder Jeremy Hermida to their minor league camp. ... The Houston Astros acquired infielder Joe Inglett from the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named or cash.