SAN FRANCISCO — The news was not surprising for Jake Peavy, but disappointing nonetheless.
The right-hander was placed on the disabled list Saturday because of a back strain that popped up again during a 3 2/3-inning appearance a night earlier. Catcher Andrew Susac was called up to take Peavy’s roster spot. The Giants expect Peavy to miss at least two to three weeks after an MRI revealed a strain and issues with his SI joint.
“I’ve got some issues I’ve got to get right,” Peavy said. “It’s frustrating, of course, but at the end of the day you’ve got to make the right decision. I’ve got to be right to help the team moving forward.”
Peavy missed his first scheduled start of the season because of the back tightness and has allowed eight runs in 7 2/3 innings in two starts since. He will get treatment and medication, and will rest for now, skipping all baseball activities. Because the Giants have a day off Monday, it’s likely that they will go without a fifth starter until they need one on April 25 at Coors Field. Manager Bruce Bochy wouldn’t speculate about the frontrunner to join a rotation that is now without Matt Cain and Peavy.
Peavy said he has never dealt with this issue in the past, but admitted that one leg is slightly shorter than the other, which causes alignment issues in his hip and lower back. He has been dealing with spasms during starts and has had trouble finishing his pitches.
“It’s something I’m not going to be able to fight through and stay on the field,” he said. “We have to rest and get some things calmed down. We don’t know exactly how long. I heal fast, I like to think.”
Peavy said surgery has not been discussed and he doesn’t expect it to be discussed. He said the back first flared up on him on the flight home from spring training, but refused to blame his early results on the injury.
“If I pitch, I’m going to be held accountable for the results of the game,” he said. “I wasn’t being some hero or tough guy. I felt I could win.”
The good news, Peavy said, is that he dealt with some aches and pains early in Boston last year but got right and helped the Giants make the postseason.
“I expect to be that guy,” he said.
A day after saying he would keep 13 pitchers for a while, Bochy adjusted and started thinking about ways Susac can help the bench. He will be in the mix to catch and will be used as a pinch-hitter. This also allows Bochy to use Hector Sanchez as a pinch-hitter in the early innings without having to worry about burning his backup catcher.
The timing was perfect for Susac, who flew over from a Triple-A trip to Salt Lake City and got to be in the park to receive the 2014 World Series ring. Susac missed a few days with a finger injury after getting hit by a foul tip, but said he’s healthy and feeling good at the plate. He had three hits Friday night.
“With the spring (injuries) and some early stuff this season, it’s nice to get out there and play consistently again,” he said.