Peavy says he's healthier than he's been in years

Peavy says he's healthier than he's been in years
March 19, 2014, 10:15 pm
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For a guy who arrived in camp with tendonitis in one finger, then sliced open another with a fishing knife, Jake Peavy insists he feels as good physically as he has since leaving the San Diego Padres in 2009.


"I was never this healthy in Chicago,'' said Peavy, who spent three full seasons, and parts of two others, with the White Sox before being dealt to the Red Sox last July 30. "A.J. [Pierzynski, a teammate in Chicago and again here] hasn't caught me with this much [good] health.''

Peavy added he can't guarantee results because of the improved health; that will come down to execution and other variables. But he's excited about 2014.

"I don't know what it will translate into stuff-wise,'' he cautioned. "But I got traded to Chicago [in 2009] with a bad ankle. I pushed to get on the field, and I was done for the year there. I came back in 2010 and ended up blowing my lat out, which ended the '10 season, which didn't go well. I came back in 2011 as quick as I could, because you want to be out there, but it wasn't the same.

"In 2012, we put together a good year and [I] stayed healthy, but still didn't feel I was anything close to what I can do with the baseball. And then, obviously, [I suffered a fractured rib in Chicago] last year. Yeah, there's no doubt [this is the best I've felt in a while]. I feel like I've got some good baseball ahead of me and I hope to be a big part of this club.

"I just want to be healthy and be out there for my team. I know that we're going to go about things the right way and compete. Especially when you experience what I always wanted to experience, what [we] did last year [winning a World Series] -- that's all that it's about for me. I want to win on my fifth day and I want to be a good teammate and help the other guys win.''

On Wednesday night in the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Peavy allowed one run on four hits in 4 2/3 innings, walking one and striking out five. He'll get two more starts down here before Opening Day, but is pleased with where he is.

"I felt good,'' said Peavy. "Maybe I was going a little bit too fast there early, but things fell into place and I was able to calm down an get some good work in. We've got a lot of work to do, but another step in the right direction.''

Peavy would like to improve his changeup, which, because of the grip required, hasn't been effective thanks to the tendonitis.

"I haven't been able to develop that pitch anywhere close to where I want,'' he said. "It's very easy to not throw it because it's not there, but I was pretty stubborn with throwing some bad ones. I finally threw one for a strike and it got hit a long way [a solo homer to Travis Ishikawa].''