CHICAGO (WSCR) Jake Peavy’s second DL-stint of the season sparked conversation about the former Cy Young winner moving to the bullpen to take strain off of his arm.

“Well, you know, thinking out of the box, you can think about that,” White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said on the Mully and Hanley Show.

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The emergence of Phil Humber gives the White Sox six starting pitchers when Peavy is healthy, and inconsistent performances from closers have left a hole in the bullpen. But the driving force for a move to the bullpen would be health.

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“Can you keep him healthy that way, out of the bullpen? I think you can,” Cooper said. “You know, less workload, you know, there’s less workload. People talk about ups and downs, well it wouldn’t be up and down with him. We’d get him up and get him in, if that was the case. But, you know, we’ve thought about it, and we haven’t made a decision.”

Peavy will make a rehab start for the Charlotte Knight’s on Thursday. Although it seems as if the White Sox have discussed moving him to the bullpen, for the time being, he’ll remain a starter.

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“He’s going down there to get stretched out again,” Cooper said. “He’s going to throw six innings, 90 pitches, and we’ll insert him back in the the rotation.”