ANAHEIM -- Jake Peavy opens this weekend's series for the White Sox at Safeco Field, looking to do whatever he possibly can on the mound to move his team closer to the first-place Detroit Tigers.
As Peavy works through the 2011 season, just a little more than one year removed from surgery to reattach his lat muscle, he can't help but take a quick glance toward 2012. And that glance is made with a broad smile.
"That excites me, there's no doubt about it," said Peavy, who will be more than 18 months removed from surgery at the start of Spring Training. "I'm going to find out how good I can be at that point and time. That's exciting for me. There will be no leaf unturned when it comes to this winter and coming back next year to find out what I can or can't do."
Peavy spoke of already adding a full weight room to his offseason residence and added that he is looking forward to having that down time before getting after it, which eluded him this year because of the intense rehab program needed. His ERA or the overall results for this season are not where Peavy wants them, but he points to glimpses of greatness that has him even more upbeat for 2012.
There were eight shutout innings at Target Field on Aug. 3, a shutout thrown against Cleveland on May 18 and his dynamic four-inning relief effort on June 25 against the Nationals. Stamina has been the main issue for Peavy, but he figures that problem will correct itself the further away from surgery he gets.
"I'd like you to find me one guy who came off a major surgery and jumped right back in and was as dominant as when he was a frontline top-of-the-league guy," Peavy said. "I even looked at that when I went through my process to try to put a reality spin on the whole thing.
"That's what excites me about next year. I can't help but look ahead and get excited when you've been through what I've been through, and I can't help but look to the future. At the same time, we are right here and right now and I am what I am right now. We have a chance to make a run and I'll do all I can do to be a part of it."
Deal for Weaver could set bar for Danks' future
ANAHEIM -- John Danks was having lunch with Mark Buehrle on Tuesday afternoon, when Buehrle mentioned Jered Weaver's new five-year, $85-million deal announced later that day by the Angels.
And what was Danks' reaction to Weaver's new baseball treasure trove?
"To be honest, I didn't even know," Danks said with a laugh. "I don't know if that has any effect on me or not."
With Weaver playing out west, for a different team, his signing clearly doesn't have a direct effect on Danks. But every contract for a potential free-agent hurler in that elite category, which would include both Buehrle and Danks, has a direct effect on the market.
The Angels' ace, who entered Wednesday's contest with a remarkable 2.10 ERA, would have been a free agent after the 2012 season, as Danks will be.
Danks simply laughs and defers contract talk to his agent, Jeff Berry, who also represents Buehrle, when asked if Weaver's deal sets the bar for the future.
"I swear to you, I wouldn't even know where anything would start I'm so far out of the loop," Danks said. "I'm just trying to salvage the season."
Sitting at 5-9 with a 3.88 ERA, Danks has fought his way back from a dreadful 0-8 start and a strained right oblique to put at the top of the White Sox rotation. The 26-year-old might not quite yet be in Weaver's stratosphere, but when healthy, he's a consistent 30-start, 200-inning hurler who gives his team a chance to win.
Staying with the White Sox is a goal for Danks, just as it seemed to be when Buehrle agreed to his four-year, $56-million deal that ends after this season.
"It's a little easier than Mark's situation," Danks said. "He had a family at the time and didn't want to move them around. You want to be happy where you are at. I like it here. I like the people here, and in a perfect world, it would get worked out."
Quentin likely out this weekend for White Sox
ANAHEIM -- Before Wednesday's game, Carlos Quentin described his left shoulder strain, suffered while making a diving catch on Saturday, as a little better than the day before.
But after the 8-0 setback against the Angels, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said that he didn't expect Quentin to play this weekend in Seattle.
Even before Guillen's comment, Quentin didn't sound confident when asked about a Friday return.
"I'll try, but we'll know Friday," Quentin said. "We are taking it day by day, and hopefully it gets better."
If Quentin is deemed to be out longer than this weekend, the White Sox could place him on the disabled list retroactive to last Saturday and bring up a replacement, such as Dayan Viciedo from Triple-A Charlotte. That move means Quentin would miss next weekend's series with Detroit.
White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski followed his same Tuesday routine on Wednesday, taking flips and catching a little bit, while reporting all remains well with the healing process for his fractured left wrist. Friday will be a big day for Pierzynski, when he takes full batting practice and catches a bullpen.
He continues to work through the pain, after being assured he can't do any further damage to the wrist.
"There definitely is something there, but it's not there all the time," Pierzynski said. "It's not throbbing or killing me or any of that stuff. It's just there.
"On certain movements, it's there. But it's not like it makes you wince or anything like that. They did a great job of getting the inflammation and swelling out. Now it's a matter of playing what we have. As long as I can't do anything worse, it's all systems go."