Sox’ Gavin Floyd to have Tommy John surgery Tuesday
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org May 6, 2013 10:16PM
Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd rubs up a new ball after giving up a walk to Twins batter Aaron Hicks in the third inning of the Chicago White Sox 5-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins Sunday April 21, 2013 at US Cellular Field. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
Updated: June 8, 2013 6:29AM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Gavin Floyd got the recommendation he expected Monday, and it wasn’t good news.
Floyd, a gentle right-hander with nasty stuff, will have Tommy John surgery Tuesday in New York, enhancing the probability he has pitched his last game in a White Sox uniform. The approximate recovery time is 14 to 19 months, and Floyd’s contract is up after the season.
Dr. David Altchek will repair the ulnar collateral ligament and a torn flexor muscle in Floyd’s elbow. Altchek has performed that surgery on former pitchers Pedro Martinez and Carl Pavano, among others.
Going into 2013, Floyd ranked seventh or better among American League right-handers in victories, innings, strikeouts, starts and quality starts since 2008.
Floyd, 30, spent two stints on the disabled list with elbow problems last July and August. He left his last start April 27 against the Tampa Bay Rays after pitching 22/3 innings. He was 0-4 with a 5.18 ERA in five starts this season.
It’s not out of the question the Sox will consider bringing Floyd back when he gets healthy, perhaps with an incentive-laden contract.
‘‘We support Gavin’s decision to have the surgery and wish him the speediest of recoveries,’’ general manager Rick Hahn said. ‘‘The advances in medical expertise and rehabilitation programs in recent years mean that many pitchers come back from procedures like this one at least as strong as they were pre-surgery, if not even stronger. To a man, the entire clubhouse is absolutely rooting for that result for Gavin.’’
‘‘It’s tough,’’ left-hander Chris Sale said. ‘‘It’s part of the game, and things happen for a reason. I don’t think this would have happened if he couldn’t handle it or be better for it. And I think he will. He’s an outstanding pitcher and an even better person. He will prevail from this.’’