CHICAGO — White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy is done for the season.
The 2007 NL Cy Young winner will have surgery on a detached right shoulder muscle Wednesday and hopes to be throwing again by spring training. He said his career isn't in jeopardy and he plans to be pitching again for the White Sox by early next season.
The 29-year-old Peavy was hurt delivering a pitch Tuesday night in a game against the Los Angeles Angels. The team described the injury as a detached latissimus dorsi muscle.
After an MRI exam Wednesday revealed the injury, Peavy consulted with several doctors, included renowned orthopedic surgeons Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Lewis Yocum.
The consensus, Peavy said, was to have surgery.
The procedure will be performed by Dr. Tony Romeo, a White Sox orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder and elbow repairs, at Rush University Hospital-Oak Park.
"Obviously, this is unchartered territory because it's not common. While (pitchers) have torn lats, they've never completely torn it off the bone with no attachments left," said Peavy, who took off his shirt in the locker room Friday to show how far his muscle had retracted.
"And that's where we're at. We're hoping, around the start of the season, to be back in action," he said. "Nobody's had the surgery in baseball that we know of. This has happened in baseball, but not completely detached. So I guess I'm a guinea pig and see how it turns out."
Peavy said he would rejoin the White Sox after a short recovery period and do his rehab while staying with the team. Acquired at the trade deadline a year ago from the Padres, Peavy is signed through 2012 with a club option for 2013.
"My future is not in jeopardy. I know where I'm going to be next year and the year after that and I know I'm excited to be here in Chicago," he said. "I'm excited for what the team's doing and anxious to get back as soon as possible."
Entering Friday night's game against the Royals, the White Sox had won 22 of 27 to overcome a miserable start and get back in the AL Central race.
Peavy was hurt early in Chicago's victory over the Angels on Tuesday night. With two outs in the second inning, he delivered a 2-2 pitch to Mike Napoli and then jumped off the mound and raised his right arm before walking straight to the dugout with team trainer Herm Schneider.
Peavy had been bothered by a sore shoulder in June. He had one start pushed back two days and then threw a shutout the next time he went to the mound.
He reiterated that he had no regrets about his decision to keep pitching, rather than back off for a while.
"There's nothing that any of us could have done different, from the doctors to the trainers," Peavy said. "I've never been hurt like this before, so it's hard to say that what you're feeling would lead to something tragic like this happening.
"If I would have known, then obviously I would have backed off it. It was just a grabbing sensation, nothing really sharp. It got sharp in a hurry."
Peavy is 7-6 with a 4.63 ERA in 17 starts. He was 9-6 with a 3.45 ERA with San Diego and Chicago last season, when he was limited to a career-low 16 starts due to a strained tendon in his right ankle. He went 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA in three outings with the White Sox after being on the DL for three months.
The White Sox are expected to call up Daniel Hudson from Triple-A Charlotte to start Sunday's game against the Royals.
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