After Jake Peavy threw two innings in a spring training session last Friday, he described his Saturday soreness as “normal,” and that’s a great sign for the Chicago White Sox.

“Well he is way ahead of schedule, he’s been working his tail off in the offseason,” Don Cooper, White Sox pitching coach, said on the Mully and Hanley Show. “Credit goes to the doctors, credit goes to Jake for working the conditioning program, credit goes to Herm Schneider, the long-time trainer who has been on top of that program, because of that we have him ahead of schedule.

LISTEN: Don Cooper On The Mully And Hanley Show

“[He’s] throwing the ball well, probably throwing the ball as well now as he did last spring training. The bottom line is he’s feeling better. He used the word normal as a description. And he is, in every sense of the word, at least where everybody else is, and probably higher than a lot of people to tell you the truth. I’m mean he knows how to pitch, he has movement, he has location. And now it’s a matter of building up strength and innings and pitches, just like everybody else. So it’s a great spot we’re in, dot dot dot, there’s more to go and I’m very optimistic that it could happen”

The that Cooper refers to is the chance of Peavy being fully healthy and ready to go by opening day, only 23 more days and counting.