Post-game — Thank you to all who kept checking back here for updates during the game. As I said, this is also Spring Training for me, and I ran into some glitches posting from the park. I was able to utilize Twitter and Facebook and will continue to do so and figure out a way to get to post here.
For all intents and purposes, his career came to an end when in August 1967, Angel’s Pitcher Jack Hamilton hit him in the face. He was never the same and although he tried a comeback, lingering problems from the beaning forced him to retire. He died in his early 40’s.
The Knights are 13 games under .500 so the sale jerseys brass might just want to leave well enough alone. The talent at Class-AAA is what it is, and they must sink or swim with what they have and hope they do not have to dip into that part of the farm system like they did a year ago. The big club is having struggles of their own at 11-15 in a wide-open American League Central – for second place that is – with no guarantee that it will be good enough to make the playoffs even with an extra Wild Card being added to the mix.
Peavy claims to be at 60-70 percent heading into spring training, so his velocity is likely to be lower than usual as his arm & shoulder regain strength. If he’s throwing 94 mph on his fastball by the end of spring, maybe there’s a chance he returns sooner than early May. But if his fastball is barely scraping 90 mph or is losing velocity early into outings, it’ll be a longer road back.