Jake Peavy is back for the Chicago White Sox.
Peavy will start for the first time since June 4 on Saturday when the White Sox host the Braves, who could have Heyward back in the lineup.
Chicago (37-56) activated Peavy (6-4, 4.30 ERA) from the disabled list Friday. He was out with a fracture of the left fourth anterior rib, but there won't be many restrictions on him after a stint in the minors."As long as his rib is doing fine, he can stay in there," manager Robin Ventura said. "If it was something with an elbow or shoulder or something like that, you'd be a little more sensitive to him being out here in this heat and doing things. For Peav, you just let him go."
Peavy expects to be limited to around 100 pitches Saturday. He allowed one run in five innings of a start for Double-A Birmingham on Sunday.
"I threw about 85 (pitches) in the rehab start in Alabama," he said. "I did get a little tired in that start, but it's something I've addressed with the skipper and we'll monitor closely."
Peavy, 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA in four home starts, went 2-4 with a 3.97 ERA in seven outings versus Atlanta (55-41) between 2003-08 for San Diego.
The right-hander has never faced Heyward, who began his career in 2010 and has missed four straight games with a strained right hamstring. Heyward says he is close to returning.
"Every day it feels better once I get to the field and get loose," he told the Braves' official website. "It feels that much better, so soon … real soon."
Justin Upton is 4 for 6 with a homer and a triple against Peavy. The outfielder went 2 for 4 with two runs in a 6-4 victory Friday that opened this three-game set, returning after missing two games with a sprained left calf.
The Braves ended a five-game slide to the White Sox - all on the road. Brian McCann had the big blow as he homered for the third straight game, hitting a three-run shot in the sixth inning.
The White Sox are an AL-worst 7-16 against left-handed starters as they get set to face Paul Maholm (9-8, 3.98). He's 1-2 with a 4.66 ERA in three outings against them and has never pitched at U.S. Cellular Field.
Maholm owns a 5.37 ERA on the road compared to 1.93 at home. The Braves have dropped five of his last seven outings.
He has plenty of experience facing Adam Dunn , who is 4 for 31 with one homer and 13 strikeouts against him.
Ventura pulled Alex Rios in the seventh inning Friday after the outfielder didn't hustle on a double-play ball. Rios is 2 for 20 since his career-high, six-hit effort July 9 against Detroit."There is just expectations and we are not starting the second half off that way," Ventura said. "It was simple, he will be back in (Saturday). Tonight, that's what happens when you don't run."
The White Sox, losers of 14 of 19, are an AL-worst 6-12 in interleague play.
|Alejandro De Aza||4||.500||2||0||0||0||1||.500||1.000||.500|
|July 13, 2013||B.J. Upton||15-Day DL||Right adductor strain|
|July 11, 2013||Jason Heyward||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained right hamstring|
|July 04, 2013||Jordan Schafer||15-Day DL||Right ankle contusion|
|July 02, 2013||B.J. Upton||Day-to-Day||Left game - left forearm spasms|
|June 18, 2013||Evan Gattis||15-Day DL||Oblique strain|
|June 18, 2013||Evan Gattis||15-Day DL||Oblique strain|
|Chicago White Sox|
|July 03, 2013||Paul Konerko||15-Day DL||Strained lower back|
|July 02, 2013||Jesse Crain||Day-to-Day||Right shoulder tightness|
|June 30, 2013||Jesse Crain||15-Day DL||Sprained right shoulder|
|June 29, 2013||Brian Omogrosso||15-Day DL||Strained right triceps|
|June 15, 2013||Alejandro De Aza||Day-to-Day||Illness|
|June 05, 2013||Jake Peavy||15-Day DL||Fractured rib - out 4-6 weeks|
CHICAGO (AP) -- One day after being yanked from a game for not hustling, Alex Rios busted out big slump in a big way.
Rios hit a grand slam, drove in five runs and had three hits to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 10-6 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.
Rios had been in a 2-for-20 slump before going 3-for-5. Rios, who also ended a homerless drought of 120 at-bats, insisted that his big day had nothing to do with being pulled from the game on Friday.
"I go about my business the same way every day," he said. "It doesn't matter what happens the night before or whatever. I try to do the same things every day and I try to perform my best.
"I felt a little better today. I felt like I was seeing the ball better. When you see the ball better, it's because you've done some mechanical adjustments."
Rios and White Sox manager Robin Ventura disagreed on whether the benching was necessary, but they were on the same page in believing it didn't have any carry-over effect.
"The other day he was 6-for-6 and there was nothing going on there," Ventura said referring to Rios' performance at Detroit on July 9. "He's just a good player and he had a good day. He came up at the right time.
"He hit a grand slam and had some big hits to help us win. I don't think it had anything to do with last night."
Either way, Rios' slam turned around what appeared to be another lackluster White Sox game into their 10th win in 32 games.
Jake Peavy (7-4), making his first start since June 4 because of a fracture rib, got off to a shaky start. He allowed a two-run homer to Dan Uggla in the second inning and two more runs in the third. But he shut down the Braves during his final three innings.
He allowed seven hits in six innings, and just two of the four runs charged to him were earned.
"I probably came out of the gate a little too fast because I was excited," Peavy said. "I had a little extra adrenaline, but the feel wasn't there. I was able to pull the reins back a little toward the middle and get my feel back a little bit to where I was throwing the ball more consistently to where I wanted it.
"The boys picked me up today. The team came back and Alex got a big hit. It was a fun day."
Braves starter Paul Maholm (9-9) was forced out in the fourth inning because of a sprained left wrist. He was staked to a 4-0 lead but couldn't hold it. He allowed seven runs and seven hits in three-plus innings.
"It flared up on him in the fourth inning," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said of the injury. "He did it in Miami his last start when he was hitting. In the fourth it flared up on him a little bit and we didn't want to take any more chances.
"We got him out of there as soon as we saw something."
The soft-tossing left-hander started struggling with his location after retiring six of the first seven batters he faced.
But the first five batters in the third inning got on, capped by Rios' grand slam that gave the White Sox a 5-4 lead.
Rios' 12th homer of the season ended a power drought of 120 at-bats.
During the White Sox 6-4 loss to the Braves on Friday, Rios hit what appeared to be a routine double-play grounder in the fifth inning. Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons bobbled the ball, and Rios likely would have beaten the throw to first, but he didn't run hard out of the box.
Instead of a run scoring, the White Sox were out of the inning. Ventura removed Rios in the seventh.
Before Saturday's game, Rios admitted he was wrong for not running hard. He said it was caused mostly by frustration, and added that he wished Ventura had handled it differently.
"(The message) would have gone through better if he put me in his office and talked to me personally," he said. "If he wants to make a statement for the team, it probably worked."
On Saturday, the Sox followed their five-run third with a four-run fourth to break the game open.
Chicago's latest struggles are a reason both Rios and Peavy have been involved in rumors as the July 31 trade deadline approaches.
"With trade rumors, I don't like to speak about them because they're just rumors," Rios said. "Until it happens, I'll just stick to the idea that they're just rumors. When they happen, we can talk about it."
NOTES: Braves RHP Brandon Beachy , recovering from Tommy John surgery in 2012, pitched five innings to get the win in a minor league rehab start on Friday. "He threw the ball really well," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "The report after the game was it's the best he's felt in a while." . Braves LHP Mike Minor (9-4) faces LHP Jose Quintana (4-2) in the series finale on Sunday.