Monday, May 6, 2013
The White Sox rotation
By Jason A. Churchill and Jason Catania
The Chicago White Sox have had to use a patchwork starting rotation with both Gavin Floyd and John Danks out with injuries, and news broke Monday that Floyd will undergo season-ending surgery.
Floyd will have a procedure done to repair both the tear in his flexor muscle near his right elbow and his torn ulnar collateral ligament, as ESPNChicago.com's Doug Padilla writes. The recovery is expected to take upward of 18 months, longer than typical TJ surgery because of the two issues in one area.
That's going to undercut any chance Floyd would have had at scoring a decent free agent contract over the winter, as this is his final year of what turned out to be a five-year, $25 million deal when the Sox picked up his $9.5 million club option. Floyd's best bet next offseason may be to sign a team-friendly one- or two-year deal and prove he's healthy, before re-entering the market in his early 30s.
The Sox got some good news last week when Danks made his first rehab start in Double-A. He allowed just one run on five hits over seven innings, while striking out and walking one. If all goes well, the lefty could return to the club this month.
Right now, Hector Santiago and Dylan Axelrod are holding down the fort at the back end of the club's rotation and both have produced more than satisfactory results, as has No. 3 starter Jose Quintana behind aces Chris Sale and Jake Peavy.
Peavy, who missed his last two scheduled turns, is dealing with back spasms, but he's expected to start Wednesday after a successful bullpen session Monday.