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Red Sox pregame notes: Jake Peavy tunes out trade rumors; Greg Colbrunn ready to return

06.29.14 at 9:31 pm ET
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Jake Peavy said that his focus is not on trade rumors. (AP)

Jake Peavy said that his focus is not on trade rumors. (AP)

NEW YORK — A year ago at this time, Jake Peavy was on the disabled list and getting ready to return to the big leagues and to the familiar existence of life in the middle of the rumor mill. As he pitched for a White Sox team that had fallen far from contention, Peavy — who spent years enduring rumors of a potential trade from the Padres before being dealt to Chicago in 2009 — represented one of the prizes of baseball’s July swap meet, ultimately getting dealt to the Red Sox as part of a three-team deal with the Tigers and White Sox.

Now, he’s finding his name back in the rumor mill, but for different reasons. At a time when the Red Sox saw tremendous promise from Rubby De La Rosa, Peavy — who is 1-6 with a 4.93 ERA — represents a candidate to be traded, particularly given that he’ll be a free agent after this season. The ongoing presence of De La Rosa in the big leagues through Saturday created a perception (even if not necessarily a reality) that the Sox were trying to deal Peavy to create a spot for the 25-year-old.

Those rumors proved unfounded, but nonetheless pointed to the uncertainty surrounding Peavy’s future with the team. Has he sought any clarity from the Sox about where he stands in their plans?

“No. I have a great relationship with my pitching coach (Juan Nieves), my manager (John Farrell) and my general manager (Ben Cherington). We’re all very open with each other. I don’t need any clarity on any situation involving anything. At the end of the day, you do what you’re told, work as hard as you can work, get better at your craft. That’s the way I approach each day and will continue to do that,” Peavy said earlier this weekend. “If you start worrying about stuff like that, your focus is off where it needs to be and it’s going to affect things.”

For Peavy, who is 0-5 with a 6.38 ERA in his last nine starts as he prepares for his Monday start against the Cubs, the focus right now has to be on reclaiming status as a more successful pitcher, one who more closely resembles the guy who positioned himself to be a much-sought addition to last year’s pennant race.

“We went through a tough stretch. This last month’s been tough for me, about as tough as any month I’ve really been through professionally,” said Peavy. “All you do is keep working, keep trying to get better, trying to find that comfort zone that will lead to a little bit better results. At the end of the day, that’s all you can do, is to keep your head down and keep grinding. That’s the only way I know how to go about any kind of business. … It’s one of those tough ruts, head to the ground, grinding, trying to pull out of it. And I believe with all my heart that I will. I know I will.”

Manager John Farrell said that the Sox are trying to achieve greater separation between his fastball and secondary pitches. Peavy believes that the distance between the results he’s experiencing now and the ability to conjure the same ones that he produced a year ago is narrow.

“Stuff-wise, it’s all there. It’s just been a matter of being able to put it together on a consistent basis. I don’t care who you are or what you have done in this game. People can go through rough stretches,” said Peavy. “Justin Verlander just went through it. David Price has given up more home runs this year than I have. You’re not in this alone. You feel like, when you’re struggling, I’m the only guy who’s ever went through this. But two year-in, year-out Cy Young award candidates, going through struggles. It’s just part of what we do and who we are, and only way I know how to change it is to go to work.”

OTHER RED SOX NOTES

– Red Sox hitting coach Greg Colbrunn, who has been away from the club since June 4 due to a brain hemorrhage, will rejoin the team on Monday in Boston. He won’t resume full duties as hitting coach immediately, but he will start resuming work.

“He’€™s doing well,” Farrell said of Colbrunn. “He’€™s in Boston as we speak. He just flew back in there. He’€™ll rejoin our staff tomorrow. The one thing we’€™re trying to get a better gage on is the  endurance inside of a given day, how many hours on his feet. There’€™s going to be a gradual buildup back to that but he does return to us tomorrow.”

For the time being, the Red Sox will keep minor league hitting coordinator Tim Hyers with the team until Colbrunn is capable of resuming his full duties.

Mike Carp, after going 1-for-5 for Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday and Saturday, had a scheduled off-day on Sunday. He’ll play in the field for Pawtucket on Monday.

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