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Jake Peavy solid in rehab start, might return vs. Braves

Updated: July 14, 2013 11:13PM



Right-hander Jake Peavy threw 90 pitches in five innings in his rehab start for Class AA Birmingham in Huntsville, Ala. He allowed one run and five hits, struck out four and walked two.

‘‘The biggest thing was the strength and stamina in this heat with limited cardio work because of the injury,’’ Peavy said. ‘‘I got my body through the fatigue and [lack of] strength.’’

Peavy might rejoin the Sox’ rotation next weekend against the Atlanta Braves. Manager Robin Ventura said he will wait to see how Peavy, who is bouncing back from a fractured rib, responds to the rehab outing before setting the rotation coming out of the All-Star break.

‘‘The sharpness and command got away in the fourth and fifth innings, when I walked those guys,’’ Peavy said. ‘‘That’s due in part to the fatigue factor. To be honest with you, it was tough to get the adrenaline going. I had more adrenaline going in the simulated game. There weren’t many fans in the stands, and it was hot.’’

Left-hander John Danks is a good bet to start Friday. Peavy, who no doubt will be scouted by teams interested in acquiring him before the trade deadline July 31, said he hopes to face the Braves, too.

‘‘I hope that’s the case,’’ he said. ‘‘My arm strength needs to get better, but I think I can get my feel back.’’

Peavy will spend the break with his family in Alabama.



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