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Gavin Floyd to disabled list; Dylan Axelrod to start Wednesday



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The starters: Dylan Axelrod (1-2, 5.63 ERA) vs. Joe Saunders (6-10, 4.22).

Updated: September 30, 2012 6:27AM

BALTIMORE — The White Sox put right-hander Gavin Floyd on the disabled list for the second time in six weeks, making room for Dylan Axelrod to pitch Wednesday against the Baltimore Orioles.

The DL move is retroactive to Aug. 27. Floyd, who has a flexor strain in his right elbow, described the discomfort as “more intense” at times. Other times there’s no discomfort at all, and Floyd said he’s optimistic about returning down the stretch.

Axelrod, 27, was recalled from Class AAA Charlotte, where he was 7-5 with a 2.88 ERA in 16 starts. In four of his last five starts, he allowed one or no runs.

“I feel like everything is clicking right now,’’ said Axelrod, who has pitched at Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park this season and said he embraces the opportunity to pitch in a pennant race. “I’m just blessed that the White Sox have faith in me and continue to call on me.”

Floyd (9-9, 4.55), who left the game Sunday against the Seattle Mariners after two innings, was on the disabled list from July 17 to 23 (retroactive to July 8) with the same issue. That was his first DL stint as a major-leaguer.

Eye of the Tiger

Axelrod is taking Jake Peavy’s normal turn in the rotation, with Peavy pushed back two days to face the Detroit Tigers on Friday.

As it turned out, Peavy left the ballpark Tuesday to receive treatment for an infection in his right eye and probably wouldn’t have been able to pitch Wednesday.

“He can’t see too good out of it,’’ manager Robin Ventura said of Peavy, who was treated for a similar problem during spring training. “Just very red and it doesn’t look good. He’s got a couple days to get it fixed.’’

This and that

Center fielder and leadoff man Alejandro De Aza (ribs) was assigned to Charlotte for a rehabilitation assignment.

◆ Shortstop Alexei Ramirez, who cut the nail on his right pinkie finger Monday attempting a barehanded grab of a ground ball, said the soreness affects his swing but not his throwing.

◆ Ventura said left-hander Francisco Liriano, whose start Monday was cut short by cramping in his left leg, “is fine.”

Nate Jones, Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain, Donnie Veal and Peavy visited wounded veterans at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

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