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White Sox lose Gavin Floyd to DL with strained flexor muscle

Updated: April 28, 2013 9:31PM



The strain in the flexor muscle near White Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd’s right elbow that landed him on the 15-day disabled list Sunday isn’t in the same place as the one that put him on the DL last season, but it is close to it and will require at least as much time off to treat.

‘‘I don’t know the details,’’ Floyd said Sunday. ‘‘They just said when they looked at the MRI that the part I strained last year looked pretty normal. That’s the positive. It’s just further back, and it’s inflamed and aggravated.’’

But the injury is a concern because it has recurred and because elbow issues are always a worry for pitchers.

‘‘I don’t think there’s anything we are doing that’s making it happen; I think baseball makes that happen,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. ‘‘I don’t think it has anything to do with the way they are training. It’s just part of playing baseball. It’s not a natural act [to pitch].’’

Floyd said he felt discomfort after making a pitch to the Tampa Bay Rays’ Ben Zobrist in the third inning Saturday. He retired Zobrist on a ground ball, but catcher Tyler Flowers went to the mound after Floyd’s first pitch to Evan Longoria.

‘‘I was like, ‘I’m going to try to pitch through it,’ ’’ Floyd said. ‘‘I threw a couple of more, and it was just getting worse and stiffening. I threw one pitch to Longoria and felt like I was babying it and started protecting myself. Tyler knew and came out to talk to me.

‘‘It’s very disappointing. Any time you have something like this, it’s out of your control. You try to prevent these as much as possible with work and stretching, and when it happens, there’s always that processing of things. It happens. Now you just have to put in the work to get back to health and get back out there. . . . We’ll give it the time and play it by ear.

‘‘I kind of worried, for sure. We took the right way of taking me out. If I kept throwing, who knows what would have happened?’’

Floyd spent two stints on the disabled list last season, the first in July with tendinitis in his right elbow and the second in August with the strained flexor muscle. He returned and won his last two starts of the season.

Left-hander Hector Santiago will take Floyd’s spot in the rotation. Right-hander Deunte Heath was recalled from Class AAA Charlotte to take Santiago’s spot in the bullpen.



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