FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Jake Peavy arrived at Boston's spring training complex on Monday with a large white bandage covering his left index finger, the result of a weekend accident.
The right-hander, scratched from his scheduled spring training debut Monday against Pittsburgh in Bradenton, said he was hurt Saturday.
"Just getting ready to go fishing," he said. "I promised my little boy I would take him fishing, so we went to Bass Pro and we bought us some rods and reels that were comboed.
Peavy said he was "trying to cut the wire tie that was holding them together, using the knife with my right hand and holding the rod with my left, and when I broke the wire tie, it struck the knuckle pretty good."
Since Peavy didn't want to disappoint his son they drove to teammate John Lackey's house. But while pulling the knife out of his hand, Peavy said he struck a vein and got a good amount of blood on his shorts.
Peavy said he threw away the shorts at Lackey's house and changed. Lackey told Peavy he should get the wound examined.
Peavy then went fishing and didn't catch anything.
"I couldn't tell my 5-year-old I didn't want to go fishing anymore," Peavy said. "It was his last day here. I couldn't say, 'We'll go tomorrow.' It wasn't the biggest deal in the world. Not much we could have done except — the biggest thing was, they were freaking out, thinking I was cleaning fish with the knife."
The 32-year-old Peavy, acquired by Boston last summer, was 4-1 with a 4.04 ERA in 10 starts for the Red Sox last season and 0-1 with a 7.10 ERA in three postseason starts. He received several stitches Sunday to close the gash.
"It's a bummer. I didn't think it was that crazy bad to the point I didn't seek medical attention. That day we wrapped it up and went fishing. I came in here yesterday and realized we needed to have it stitched up and we would have to take some precautionary measures. You just don't want to risk infection. I could go out and play today if it was a must, but you can't risk infection and let it sweat. And me not getting it tended to right off the bat, you just don't want to get it infected and that's the reason we're going to hold off a day or two."