With potential surgery looming, has Gavin Floyd thrown last pitch for Sox?
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN email@example.com May 5, 2013 9:04PM
Updated: May 5, 2013 10:16PM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — White Sox right-hander Gavin Floyd left for New York on Sunday for his appointment Monday with orthopedic surgeon David Altchek, who might recommend season-ending Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.
“Somebody said there are two pitchers, those who’ve had Tommy John and those who are going to have it,’’ said Floyd, who ranks seventh or better among American League righties since 2008 in wins, innings, strikeouts, starts and quality starts.
Floyd said rehab is a potential alternative, but he knows surgery is a good possibility. Altchek’s will be the third opinion for Floyd, who could make the decision on Monday.
The exam will be “thorough, but ultimately you’re not going to know exactly what kind of shape it’s in until they go in there,’’ Floyd said.
That Floyd is a free agent after the season adds to the emotional stress — it could mean he has thrown his last pitch for a team he has been with since 2007 — but Floyd is at peace with whatever happens.
“I’ve prayed about it,’’ he said. “God is in control. I trust in that.
“I’ve done everything I can to stay healthy. You just wonder if it’s unpreventable after a while. You can only do so much. You want to be strong.’’
Sox left-hander Matt Thornton had Tommy John surgery, which is the reconstruction of the ulnar collateral ligament, in 2002.
“I just remember the fear of the unknown,’’ Thornton said. “They say the success rate of elbow surgery is great, and 90-some percent come back better and all that stuff, but still you’re having surgery. That’s always a worrisome time.
“When I found out, it was crushing. It really is. So I’ve talked to Gavin a few times and given him advice if that ends up happening. He’s a friend of mine. There are doubts, frustration, aches and pains. . . . It’s a choice you make, but you have to work your tail off, and you can come back better than ever.’’