Gavin Floyd was signed to a one-year deal by the Jays in February of 2016. The initial thought was that the veteran could add depth to the rotation or fill a long-relief role out of the bullpen. The 33-year-old posted a 2.66 ERA in his previous two seasons, both of which were cut short due to the same elbow injury. And after just 31 innings with the Jays, Floyd suffered a partially torn lat muscle which ended his season in June. The journeyman finished 2016 with an unimpressive 4.06 ERA, yet managed a career-best 1.00 WHIP (albeit in limited time). With 13 seasons under his belt, and injuries become a major issue, it's hard to imagine Floyd has much left in the tank.
Floyd says he's still not fully recovered from the strained shoulder that ended his 2016 season in June, John Lott reports. After spending the first 11 years of his MLB career as a starter, Floyd became a full-time reliever in 2016. He admits that he still prepared like a starter and threw too many pitches in his mid-week bullpen sessions. The veteran left-hander attributes his injury woes to the self-imposed workload and is now uncertain where his health stands as Opening Day inches closer. A fierce battle for two bullpen spots is underway at Jays' camp, and Floyd's chances at earning one of those roles is seemingly fading fast.
Floyd (shoulder) signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays on Thursday, Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith reports. He ended the 2016 season on the DL with a shoulder injury, so it remains to be seen how healthy he will be for spring training. Floyd transitioned to a relief role with the Jays last year, notching a 4.06 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 31 innings. He will offer organizational bullpen depth in 2017.
Floyd (shoulder) remains unlikely to return before the end of the 2016 season, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports. Floyd has been out of commission since June 26 with the shoulder injury and has been spent the last two months rehabbing at the Blue Jays' spring training complex in Florida. While he indicated he's "making good progress" and has resumed throwing, Floyd remains without an official timetable for a return.
Floyd (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Saturday, MLB.com reports. Floyd has been out for over a month and could be sidelined for the rest of the season, so moving him to the 60-day DL was an inevitability with the Blue Jays needing to open up a 40-man roster spot for Chris Colabello, who was reinstated Saturday after completing an 80-game suspension for a positive PED test.
Before suffering a possible season-ending shoulder injury on June 25, Floyd posted a 4.06 ERA and 1.00 WHIP while notching 30 strikeouts in 28 appearances (31 innings). The veteran was a productive member of the team's struggling bullpen through the first couple months of the season before getting injured. Originally he was diagnosed with right shoulder tightness, only later to find that 33-year-old had actually torn a lat and would miss 8-to-12 weeks. Even if Floyd is able to return this season, his role will be minimal as the team's pen has been bolstered by the acquisition of Jason Grilli and the improvement of other relievers who had previously been struggling.