Tendinitis shelves Gavin Floyd indefinitely
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org July 15, 2012 8:12PM
Chicago White Sox vs Toronto Blue Jays. Chicago White Sox starting pitcher No.34 Gavin Floyd. Saturday July 7, 2012. I Scott Stewart~Sun-Times
AT RED SOX
The facts: 6:10, CSN, 670-AM, 97.5-FM.
The starters: Dylan Axelrod (1-2, 6.16 ERA) vs. Aaron Cook (2-2, 4.37).
The rest of the series
Tuesday: 6:10 p.m., Ch. 26, 670-AM, 97.5-FM. Philip Humber (3-4, 6.01) vs. Jon Lester (5-6, 4.49).
Wednesday: 6:10 p.m., CSN, 670-AM, 97.5-FM. TBA vs. Felix Doubront (9-4, 4.41).
Thursday: 6:10 p.m., CSN, 670-AM, 97.5-FM. TBA vs. Franklin Morales (2-2, 3.16).
Updated: August 17, 2012 7:09AM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — You’d never know looking at the White Sox’ list of walking-wounded pitchers that they’re in first place. Gavin Floyd is the latest starter to step in line behind John Danks and Philip Humber.
An MRI on Floyd’s right elbow and forearm showed no structural damage, manager Robin Ventura said, but it’s uncertain when Floyd (7-8, 4.54 ERA), who was scheduled to pitch Monday in Boston with a 3-1 record and 1.37 ERA in his last four starts, will return. Ventura didn’t rule out the disabled list.
“It shouldn’t be a DL, but we’ll see when he gets back and how much soreness he has,” said Ventura, who termed Floyd’s issue as “general tendinitis.’’
Dylan Axelrod will start Monday, and Humber comes off the DL to start Tuesday. Rookie Jose Quintana could pitch Wednesday on four days of rest, killing the plan to give the starters an extra day to open the second half.
“Or we go off the board and bring a guy up from the minor leagues,’’ pitching coach Don Cooper said. “All of that is TBA.’’
Right-hander Jesse Crain, a vital piece for the Sox’ bullpen down the stretch, threw 30 pitches and is hopeful of making a minor-league rehab assignment Friday and rejoining the team next week.
Crain hasn’t pitched since June 23.
“From what I felt today … it’s getting better,’’ Crain said. ‘‘Now it’s just building the strength up again to handle pitching in a game.’’
As if settling for two singles in his first 14 plate appearances of the series wasn’t bad enough, Paul Konerko got hit on the right hand by Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera in the eighth inning Sunday. Ventura said he was OK.
Konerko’s hitting — he’s batting .227 with three homers since he peaked at .399 on May 27 — is less than OK. Hitting coach Jeff Manto said he’s not worried.
“He’s just going through a little funk as every hitter goes through,’’ Manto said. “The main thing is that he trusts what he’s doing. He hasn’t come out of the strike zone. He always has a game plan. He’s just not getting hits. That will pass.
“It seems like it’s a long [slump] because it’s Konerko. But he knows what he’s doing, and he has a plan to get out of it.’’
This and that
Adam Dunn homered for the third time in three games since the All-Star break. He has 393 homers, tying him with Jim Edmonds for 54th all time.
† Alexei Ramirez is 16-for-38 during his eight-game hitting streak. Ramirez had a strong day at short with several good plays. He had seven assists and three putouts.