Jake Peavy’s Back Injury Is Awful Expensive

July 8, 2010 – 12:00 pm by Ryan Phillips

Last year my beloved San Diego Padres sent their ace, Jake Peavy, to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for four young pitchers. I hated the move. I liked the players the Padres got in return, but I couldn’t stand thinking of a future without Peavy pitching for my team.

I’m here to admit that I was wrong and that former Padres general manager Kevin Towers is a genius. A freaking genius.

On Tuesday night Peavy was forced to abandon his outing against the Los Angeles Angels after just 1.2 innings and 28 pitches. An MRI later revealed that Peavy had a detached latissimus dorsi muscle in his back. So, dude threw his body around so hard that he detached a lat.

Ouch.

Peavy is likely done for the year due to that injury and it’s going to cost the White Sox a hefty price. The right-hander is scheduled to make $15 million this year, then a further $34 million over the next two seasons. That’s a lot of cash being tossed at a guy with major recent injury issues.

On top of that, Peavy hasn’t been his usual dominant self this season. His numbers at the time of the injury aren’t anything to write home about.

So far in 2010 the 29-year-old has compiled a 7-6 record with a 4.63 ERA, and a 1.23 WHIP. In 107 innings he has allowed 98 hits, 55 runs (all earned), 13 home runs, and 34 walks, while striking out 93 batters.

In comparison, Clayton Richard – one of the pitchers the Padres received in the Peavy deal – has been excellent this season. The 26-year-old lefty has a 6-4 record to go along with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. In 108 innings he’s allowed 101 hits, 37 runs (36 earned), eight home runs, and 42 walks, while striking out 87 batters.

Richard is also making just $423,700 this season.

So while the Sox now have to be cautious and closely monitor Peavy’s rehab and recovery, the Padres have a young lefty throwing exceptionally well. The Friars also have relievers Aaron Poreda and Adam Russell in Triple-A right now and both are ready to contribute when called upon.

Thank you Kevin Towers.

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