This week, longer form:
- The first notable promotion of the year is RHP Addison Reed to Winston-Salem. He appears to be this year's fast-tracked reliever. Hopefully it works out better for him than it did for last year's version, Kyle Bellamy.
- Jake Peavy's rehab continues to be as circuitous as Lasting Milledge's routes in the outfield. White Sox fans have long since grown frustrated with the apparent one step forward, one step back nature of his "progress." The latest setback was Monday for Birmingham, a game in which he was supposed to step up to 90-100 pitches. Instead, he left the game after just 15 pitches due to discomfort in his surgically-repaired lat. The discomfort was the result of scar tissue at the repair site, simply some tissue irritated by the over-exertion inherently necessary in building back the strength necessary to be a starting pitcher. While people certainly have the right to be frustrated by Peavy, I think a lot of it stems from the fact that White Sox fans just aren't used to pitchers rehabbing from significant arm injuries. Circuitous is not unusual in pitcher, particularly starting pitcher, rehabs. And, so far, his setbacks have been minor inflammation issues related to increasing repetitions. His latest return to the minor league mound is scheduled for April 28.
- Interesting study about minor league strikeout rates. Pay attention Jared Mitchell and Trayce Thompson.