In a startling development, White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy’s right index finger detached itself from his throwing hand while he signed his new $29 million contract. Like a similar injury suffered two years ago to his lat, his finger muscle completely tore from his hand, resulting in the digit’s tumble onto the table used for the signing.

Peavy appeared undisturbed, wincing once, and then completed his signature, although it took several hours to do so.

“It’s just something I’ll have to work through. To tell you the truth, it’s not the only thing that’s detached over the last few years,” he said, referring to an ear and several toes that were found on the locker room floor. “But with the encouragement of the fans here, and of course Herm Schneider, I feel I can get through anything and have a productive year.”

John F