Jake Peavy has cleared the first major hurdle on his path to recovery. The former ace suffered a fractured rib earlier this month and has been allowing the bone to heal while resting. He has now reportedly moved on to playing some light catch.
Peavy threw for about seven minutes, about 75 feet. "It was good," peavy said.
— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) June 26, 2013
Generally speaking, the next step will be for Peavy to increase the distance from which he throws. Once he's comfortable at increasing distances, he will be allowed to pitch from a mound. There are a few steps after that before he can even go out on a rehab assignment, so don't expect Peavy back until sometime after the All-Star break.
Peavy had a bounce-back year in 2012, but he back-slid to less than impressive numbers this year. In 2012, his first full year back from surgery to repair a detached lat muscle, Peavy went 11-12 with a 3.32 ERA. So far this season, he is sitting on a 6-4 record with a 4.30 ERA.
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The 32-year old righty first began feeling pain in his rib prior to his June 4th start, but the pain in the rib area forced him from that start and landed him on the DL. He was diagnosed with a rib fracture. This isn't the first time Peavy has fractured a rib. He suffered a similar injury while celebrating the Padres 2005 National League West Division Championship.
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