No matter how you spin it, consider this bad news for Jake Peavy.
The Padres’ ace will not make his scheduled start Monday at home vs. St. Louis because of constant soreness in his right elbow.
Peavy has been less than his normal self in his last five starts, and now we know why.
Sadly, there’s a long-time trend with Peavy. Whenever he does not pitch well for a long stretch, it means he is trying to hide an injury that is bothering him.
He was never injury-free in 2006 when he was just 11-14 with a 4.09 ERA.
In 2004, he was struggling until being sidelined five weeks with a strained flexor in his right forearm.
This time, it may be more of the same.
"I just felt something in there and we haven't really had progress with it," Peavy told padres.com Sunday. "It's not normal soreness. It's sore all the time. That's the reason we are missing the start."
And if Peavy’s history is any indicator, he may well miss more than just one start.