MESA, Ariz. -- Instead of starting in Sunday's 7-5 victory over the Cubs at HoHoKam Park as originally scheduled, Gavin Floyd pitched on the back fields of Camelback Ranch. The forecast was for rain most of the day in the Mesa area, but the heavy stuff had cleared by the start of the game.
Floyd threw a five-inning simulated game, and looked good according to White Sox manager Robin Ventura. Since the start of Cactus League games, the talented subject of trade rumors has pitched in one "B" game, an intrasquad contest, one spring game and then Sunday's simulated action.
"With the rain, we didn't want to chance it bringing him here and starting and stopping things like that," said Ventura. "So we kind of moved him up."