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White Sox wait for a healthy Peavy

Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen remains optimistic that Jake Peavy will pitch again this season, even if he’s not relying on the right-hander’s return.

“I don’t count on him,” said Guillen.

Peavy will make his third rehab start today for Triple-A Charlotte, trying to work his way back from a strained tendon in his right ankle. Guillen said he doesn’t want Peavy to risk another injury by returning too soon, and respects how general manager Ken Williams is handling the rehab.

“Kenny is on top of this very well. Another general manager would be like ‘Hey we brought you here to pitch.’ We know when we got him, we said, ‘Listen, just take your time, go do your (rehab) and hopefully we can use you this year,’” Guillen said.

“He wants to pitch, that’s why I worry about him. When a guy wants to pitch he might push himself to do something he shouldn’t do.”

Peavy, 28, was traded to the White Sox on July 31, after going 6-6 with a 3.97 ERA in 13 starts with the Padres. He’s been on the DL since June 13.

Peavy is making $11 million this year. He will have a salary of $15 million in 2010, $16 million in 2011 and $17 million in 2012. His initial contract included a $22 million club option for 2013 with a $4 million buyout.

Peavy is 92-68 with a 3.29 ERA over eight big league seasons, with 1,348 strikeouts in 212 starts. He was an unanimous selection for the Cy Young Award in 2007, when he went 19-6 with a 2.54 ERA and 240 strikeouts in 34 starts.

Appendectomy for Harang

Reds starter Aaron Harang is out for the rest of the season after an emergency appendectomy.

Harang woke Saturday morning in Pittsburgh with pain near his abdomen. He was examined later that afternoon and driven by team clubhouse manager Rick Stowe back to Cincinnati, where the surgery was performed at The Good Samaritan Hospital.

“They didn’t want him to fly in case there was an emergency situation in the air,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “Fortunately he was close enough to drive. If he got an operation he wanted to be back in Cincinnati where his family was.”

Harang, 31, was to be the Reds’ starter Wednesday in Milwaukee.

The Reds’ opening day starter, Harang was 6-14 with a 4.21 ERA in 162 innings. He had 142 strikeouts in 26 starts.

Short hops

Russ Ortiz and the Rockies agreed to a minor league contract Sunday. Ortiz was released by the Astros on July 30. The veteran right-hander provides the Rockies with insurance after starting pitcher Aaron Cook was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained right shoulder. … The Rockies played without rookie outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on Sunday. He suffered a puncture wound to his left hand when he caught a steak knife as it fell off a plate while he was putting a dish in his kitchen sink at home following Saturday’s win over the Giants. He needed one stitch and is day to day. … Mets general manager Omar Minaya is expected back next season. The New York Post reported Sunday that owner Fred Wilpon said Minaya will return in 2010 despite the failings of his $136 million team on and off the field this year. Minaya in turn told the newspaper that if he’s back, manager Jerry Manuel will return as well. … The Phillies have purchased the contract of infielder Miguel Cairo from Triple-A Lehigh Valley after placing third baseman Greg Dobbs on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right calf. … Royals right-hander Doug Waechter will have shoulder surgery next week, ending an injury-plagued first season with the club.

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