Not sure if this is good news or bad...depends on how you look at it I guess
By Tom Krasovic
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
May 24, 2006
Bruce Bochy said one factor in his decision to remove Jake Peavy from Monday's franchise-record 16-strikeout performance was shoulder soreness Peavy reported in the days leading up to Monday's game.
Following his previous start, Peavy required daily treatment, the manager said.
“In all honesty, if it had been a little different circumstances, I might have let Jake go, but not under those where he had complained of some shoulder soreness,” Bochy said.
Bochy said there were other factors that played into his decision. The Padres were down 2-0 when Bochy had Mark Bellhorn bat for Peavy in the seventh (Bellhorn hit a two-out single, but Braves pitcher John Smoltz struck out Dave Roberts to strand two Padres).
Peavy had thrown 114 pitches, and although he reported no shoulder soreness during the seven innings, Bochy wanted to protect the 24-year-old.
“No way I was going to risk it,” Bochy said. “I'm not going to risk losing this kid.”
Last September the Padres shut down Peavy after he reported shoulder soreness. Bochy said Peavy's first account of shoulder tendinitis this year came a day after last Tuesday's outing in Phoenix, in which Peavy gave up three runs in five innings. Bochy said an MRI exam wasn't deemed necessary.
“Once he gets loose, he's fine,” Bochy said. “Talking to Jake and our trainers, they felt he would be OK to go. It's not unusual to get that occasional tendinitis. We think we have it under control. We can answer that better (today). We'll see how it feels.”
"Trying to hit him was like trying to drink coffee with a fork." - Willie Stargell on Sandy Koufax