BOSTON (CBS) – Red Sox starter Jake Peavy will miss his first scheduled spring training start on Monday after he cut his left index finger over the weekend.
Red Sox manager John Farrell announced on Sunday that Peavy cut himself with a fishing knife on his non-pitching hand, and had to undergo a procedure to assure there would be no infection.
“He’s going to be ‘no-throw’ for three days and then initiate a throwing program off the mound,” Farrell told reporters following Sunday’s win over the Baltimore Orioles. “It’s his non-throwing hand, so he can keep his arm in shape, but he’s a scratch for [Monday].
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Peavy spoke with reporters on Monday and said he jabbed himself while cutting the wire tie off the new equipment he had just purchased while taking his children fishing.
“I didn’t think it was that crazy bad, to the point where I didn’t seek medical attention that day. We wrapped it up and went fishing,” Peavy said. “I came in here [Sunday] and realized that we needed to have it stitched up and are going to have to take some precautionary measures, simply because you don’t want to risk infection. I could go out and play today if it was a must, but you can’t risk infection and let it sweat.”
Peavy said the knife itself was also brand new, which was a bit of a double-edged sword, so to speak.
“It was a brand new knife out of the package,” he said. “It was big that it was a brand new knife so it was at least pretty sterile, but a brand new knife is pretty sharp as well.”
“This was a freak one,” said Farrell. “And honestly, he avoided some serious injury with what took place. He cut himself with a fishing knife. He was at home when it took place, he was trying to cut through something and when it gave way, almost cut through his left index finger.”
Peavy stressed that the cut was a “bummer” more than anything, and that he deserves some “dad of the year” votes for staying out there with his kids. But the kicker?
“We didn’t catch anything,” he said.
Brandon Workman will get the start in place of Peavy against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday. Peavy, acquired by Boston at the trade deadline last season, went 4-1 with a 4.04 ERA in 10 regular season starts and 0-1 with a 7.11 ERA in three postseason starts in 2013.
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