White Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd likely to have Tommy John surgery

ChiSox' Floyd likely to have Tommy John surgery; Santiago impresses in spot start

5/3/13 in MLB   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Apr 10, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd (34) throws during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY SportsThe Chicago White Sox placed starting pitcher Gavin Floyd on the 15-day disabled list last Sunday, but it appears that it will be much longer than 15 days before we see Floyd on the mound again. Floyd has a torn flexor muscle in his elbow, along with an unstable ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). If a doctor attempted to repair just the flexor muscle, the UCL would likely suffer further damage. As a result, Floyd is "tentatively" expecting to have Tommy John surgery after speaking with two separate doctors. He will get a third opinion on his elbow, but it will be a huge shock if Floyd is able to pitch again this season.

The former 4th overall pick won't be missed all that much in the rotation, as he was 0-4 with a 5.18 ERA through five starts. He finished the 2012 season with a record of 12-11 and a 4.29 ERA.

Taking his place in the rotation for now will be Hector Santiago, who spent the first month of the season in the bullpen. Through seven appearances out of the bullpen, Santiago boasted a 2.51 ERA - all of those earned runs came during one extended appearance, in which he pitched 3.2 innings. Santiago drew a spot start on Thursday night, holding the Texas Rangers' dangerous lineup in check. Santiago pitched 5.1 innings against the Rangers, giving up only one run on a long ball and picking up the win.

Santiago finished last season on a strong note, tossing 7.0 innings of shutout ball while striking out 10 batters in his final appearance of the year. The 25-year-old should get at least one more start, as injured starter John Danks is still pitching in rehab games. Santiago could stick around in the rotation if he continues to pitch well, making him worth a pickup in fantasy leagues. His stuff has real swing-and-miss potential, making him a worthwhile addition for owners in need of strikeouts. His wins could be limited by the White Sox' offense, which is currently ranked 28th in runs and dead last in on-base percentage.
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