White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd was placed on the disabled list last week with what the club initially termed a flexor muscle strain in his right elbow. However, the chances that far worse news is right around the corner seem pretty high.
First of all, there's a Chicago Tribune report where a source is cited saying Floyd "might have suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament." And we all know what that means in most cases: Tommy John surgery, out for the season.
What's more, Floyd has been reportedly seeking multiple medical opinions in an effort to avoid surgery. When asked if that is true, here is how White Sox manager Robin Ventura responded (via chicagotribune.com):
"I think the news isn't always good. It's just one of those where you keep getting a different opinion just to make sure you have all your bases covered. Once you go there (surgery), it's for a long time.
"I think, for him, it's the comfort of knowing he's doing the right thing, getting enough opinions from experts. I'm not an expert. I'm going to let them kind of figure that out. Ultimately, it's his decision."
Yeah, that doesn't sound good for Floyd, especially if the UCL is torn. Even if he finds a doctor who says he can rehab for a bit and then start pitching again, it could be bad. Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley was a recent case where that happened, and he is now out for the season with a torn UCL.
Floyd, 30, has started the season 0-4 with a 5.18 ERA in 24 1/3 innings. He was 12-11 with a 4.29 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 144 strikeouts in 168 innings last season.
The White Sox's current rotation is Chris Sale, Jake Peavy, Jose Quintana, Dylan Axelrod and Hector Santiago. John Danks is rehabbing from shoulder surgery -- and actually has a Double-A rehab start Thursday. Peavy, however, was scratched from his scheduled start Thursday with back spasms.