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Gavin Floyd’s return to rotation looks imminent

The Sox’ Hector Santiago pitches first inning Sunday. | Paul Beaty~AP

The Sox’ Hector Santiago pitches in the first inning Sunday. | Paul Beaty~AP

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Updated: October 11, 2012 6:19AM



White Sox starter Gavin Floyd could be back in the rotation Wednesday night against the Detroit Tigers.

The right-hander who has missed time with a strained right elbow flexor threw well enough Sunday in a bullpen session to put him back in the rotation picture, pitching coach Don Cooper said. It was Floyd’s third side session since going on the disabled list Aug. 28.

‘‘Floyd looked fine. We mixed in all of his pitches,’’ Cooper said. ‘‘He felt good. It’s not pain right now. He threw well, and now we’re going to discuss where and when we feel it’s best to insert him.

‘‘It could be as quick as Wednesday if we want to. But again, we’re not there yet.’’

Floyd said he felt ‘‘a lot better’’ Sunday, throwing about 50 pitches, including curve balls for the first time. He hasn’t pitched since Aug.  26, when he left a game against the Seattle Mariners after two innings. He had been on the disabled list in July for tendinitis in the same elbow. MRI exams have shown no structural problems.

Some test for Quintana

Rookie left-hander Jose Quintana gets the ball tonight to start the crucial series against the Tigers, a team he will face for the first time.

Quintana will make his 19th start of the season as he tries to rebound from a career-worst outing last week against the Minnesota Twins in which he gave up seven runs in less than two innings.

‘‘I’ve been working on some things. I wanted to work on coming out of the stretch. That’s something I felt needed to get a little more work. It felt good and hopefully that will come across.’’

Manager Robin Ventura said Quintana needs to focus on keeping things close more than worrying about innings.

‘‘We’re not asking him to go nine. If he goes five, we’ll look at six,’’ Ventura said.

Side-splitter

Adam Dunn admitted Sunday he probably should have stayed out longer than two days last week when he missed time because of pain in his right oblique.

Dunn is getting daily treatments after re-injuring his side on a swing last Wednesday. He could miss the Tigers series.

‘‘Looking back, I probably would have missed a couple days in Minnesota and probably would have been fine now, but me being stupid probably cost me a couple days, to be honest,’’ he said.

Dunn said swinging ‘‘feels terrible. It feels like a hot knife. I can deal with an ankle [injury]. I can deal with anything. It gets to the point where it makes you mad because you sneeze and you’re doubled over. It feels like you just ripped it in half.’’

Tardy slip

Shortstop Alexei Ramirez was scratched from Sunday’s lineup after arriving later than the scheduled reporting time. He entered in the seventh to run for Paul Konerko and remained in the game playing shortstop.



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