Jake Peavy is finally ready to get back on the mound.
The White Sox right-hander returns to the hill Wednesday at Citi Field against the Mets after missing one start because of back spasms.
"It has been a tough few days, but I feel good," Peavy said. "Went out and just went through a normal day with the guys."
Peavy's normal day consisted of his regular training program. The 12-year veteran has dealt with his share of arm injuries in his career, but said he's never experienced anything quite like this.
"I always have my back worked on every now and then," Peavy said. "But I've never had any spasms to the point where my back spasmed up on that Wednesday night and truly for about two days, you guys saw me, I was in as bad of shape.
"You don't realize your back controls everything. You can't make a move without feeling it or feel like you are injuring it more."
Robin Ventura, two wins shy of his 100th victory as White Sox manager, admitted he'll be monitoring Peavy a bit closer Wednesday.
"You watch it a little bit," Ventura said. "I don't want to see weird body language or anything like that. He's told he can't go out there if he's not healthy enough to go."
Opposing Peavy will be Mets right-hander Jeremy Hefner, who was all but untouchable in his last start before exiting in the ninth. The 27-year-old tossed eight scoreless innings and struck out eight before opening the ninth by allowing a single and eventually losing a 2-1 decision to the Marlins.
White Sox: For starters
• Chicago starters have a 2.06 ERA and .218 opponents' average in their last six games.
The White Sox also have made a Major League-best 899 quality starts since 2003 and White Sox starters are a combined 29-22 with a 2.93 ERA all-time in Interleague Play.
• The White Sox have committed eight errors in their last nine games.
Mets: Collins likes Valdespin as a reserve
• The Mets are still looking for someone to step up in their crowded outfield. One player, Jordany Valdespin, has done so -- hitting .242 with two homers -- but manager Terry Collins believes the 25-year-old plays better as a reserve and has trouble maintaining his intensity as a starter.
That leads to a Catch-22 as the Mets try to find a way to both feed him steady playing time and leverage his best performance.
"We've got to get him playing time to make sure he's ready to hit when needed," Collins said Tuesday. "We sat here today and we talked about Jordany and where he fits best. Once in a while, when you put those guys out of position -- we've seen it in the past -- something happens, a mistake is made and they think they have to do so much more at the plate than what's needed from them."
• Saturday's rainout in Atlanta is rescheduled for June 18 at 1:10 p.m. ET as part of a split doubleheader, making the Braves' trip to New York a five-game series.
• This two-game series marks the South Siders' first trip to Flushing, N.Y. The clubs have met only once prior, in Chicago in 2002, with the White Sox taking two of three.