The strength regained in Jake Peavy's right shoulder provided some compensation for the tough losses on and off the field in the last seven months.

"A few years ago, I didn't know if this would ever be possible," Peavy said of his injury-free 2012. "I figured (it) might have been my last year if I couldn't get any healthier than I was the previous years."

For Peavy, rebounding from a career-threatening injury 19 months ago to throw 219 innings and make 32 starts for the White Sox helped restore some semblance of normalcy to an otherwise hectic time in his life.

"Jake is a resilient guy who knows what's going on in life," Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said.

Peavy, 31, who lost one of his pitching mentors, Darrel Akerfelds, to cancer and 76-year-old grandmother Mary Dama Lolley during the last seven months, enters this season with the security of a two-year, $29 million contract and the drive to perform better than he did to earn his financial security.