By Mark Gonzales, Chicago Tribune reporter
8:43 PM EDT, October 1, 2012
CLEVELAND — On the eve of what could be his final start in a White Sox uniform, Jake Peavy described his 31/2 seasons with the Sox as a "roller-coaster ride."
Peavy was emphatic Monday that he will pitch Tuesday night, regardless of whether the Sox were eliminated from the American League Central race.
"I hope people would say through it all I tried to be a good team guy and be here through good and bad," said Peavy, who has a 28-25 record and 3.96 ERA over 70 appearances since joining the Sox on July 31, 2009. "I appreciate (general manager) Ken Williams and the patience and the work we had to do in the training room."
Peavy reflected on his injury-plagued tenure with the Sox that included a detached latissimus dorsi muscle that took 10 months to rehabilitate and still gave him subsequent periods of fatigue until this season.
Peavy, 31, hasn't ruled out a return to the Sox despite the probability he could be one of the more highly sought-after pitchers in a slim free-agent market. Another factor is the Sox have earmarked about $78 million to eight players for 2013, not including their $22 million option on Peavy, which they probably won't pick up.
"I love Chicago and what we were able to accomplish without much expectation," Peavy said. "I hope the next few months things work out and I get to stay, but you never know."
Peavy said he's still weighing whether to represent himself or hire an agent.
"I'm going to play till this uniform is taken away from me," Peavy said. "I love the game. My boys are getting to the age where (they) understand what Daddy does and they enjoy it."
Extra innings: Ventura said the death of batting practice pitcher Kevin Hickey remains the toughest situation he has dealt with in his first season as manager. "Baseball stuff, I've seen a lot of it, been through a lot of it," Ventura said. "That overshadows everything else." ... Leadoff batter Alejandro De Aza missed his third consecutive start because of flu-like symptoms. The Sox are expected to make minor changes in their managerial positions of their farm system.