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Jake Peavy to the DL (for awhile), clears path for Daniel Hudson

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Programming note: Wednesday's Closing Time will actually be more of a Thursday Opening Time. We have certain commitments that will leave us in no shape for a proper close. Kind of like how this guy is in no shape to properly pitch…

White Sox starter Jake Peavy(notes) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list following one of this season's uglier moments. He suffered "a detached latissimus dorsi muscle" according to various reports, and could obviously be lost for the year.

These were a few of Peavy's post-exam comments, via the Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales:

"I'm going to see Dr. (James) Andrews in Birmingham and consult with (Lewis) Yocum and get a lot of opinions to get the best way to handle this.

"Obviously surgery looks the way we probably have to go. And if that is, we'll just ride it. We did all we could do."

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"I didn't want to say too much last night, but I knew something was wrong with me," said Peavy, who gingerly put on an hooded sweatshirt. "When I walked off the field, I told you guys from the get-go, if you see me not take the post or walk off the field as I did last night happened, it wasn't going to be good."

A visit to either Andrews or Yocum would of course be bad, but both? That's the nightmare second/third opinion scenario. The Sox are on the hook for another $37 million beyond the current season with Peavy, so they have to hope his story doesn't have a Jason Schmidt(notes)-style ending.

In most fantasy formats, Peavy is clearly a drop. In all likelihood, there are several more interesting DL-eligible names in your league's free agent pool. Chicago has called up Jeff Marquez(notes) from Charlotte (4.02 ERA, 5.2 K/9), and he's expected to pitch in a low-leverage relief role over the next four games. (Check out Marquez's MiLB.com headshot. Outstanding. That's half the pictures in my high school yearbook right there).

When Peavy's turn comes up again on Sunday versus Zack Greinke(notes) and the Royals, right-hander Daniel Hudson(notes) should get the call from Triple-A. He's definitely a prospect of interest. Hudson is 11-4 at Charlotte with 108 Ks in 93.1 innings, and his ERA is 3.47. We've discussed him before (here and here). As pitching prospects go, he may not be at Jeremy Hellickson's(notes) or Michael Pineda's level, but he's close — and he's just one percent-owned in Yahoo! leagues. Hudson would be a reasonable end-of-week spot-starter against KC, if you find yourself in need.

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