Floyd pleased with bullpen session

Floyd pleased with bullpen session

Floyd pleased with bullpen session
DETROIT -- The number of pitches thrown by Gavin Floyd during Friday's side session weren't nearly as important as how strong the right-hander felt when he was making them.

After throwing 40 or 50 during the bullpen session at Comerica Park, mixing in all four of his pitches, Floyd appears on track to come off the disabled list and start Monday night at home when the Twins visit U.S. Cellular Field.

"That's what might be the plan. I don't know," said Floyd. "I'll leave it up to them. I'm ready to go whenever they put me out there."

"Throwing and everything felt fine for him," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "We just want to get into tomorrow, and if everything looks fine tomorrow, he would throw Monday."

Floyd was placed on the disabled list with right elbow tendinitis retroactive to July 8. The problem arose in Floyd's last start on July 7, but he felt it again, especially when he was throwing offspeed pitches, during a side session that was cut short last Friday in Kansas City.

An MRI showed no structural damage and Floyd's impressive throwing session Friday improved his mindset as Monday's start approaches. Floyd no longer is worried about doing greater damage to his elbow.

"Before, I was like, 'I don't know if I should throw the next one,' and I felt like I have to wrap this up," Floyd said. "This time, I could have kept going. I felt real strong and I felt pretty happy.

"Compared to the last time I was on the mound, it feels a ton better. I mean, if I have to deal with whatever the mild soreness I do feel, I can do that as needed. Tendinitis takes time to get out of there. I felt 99 percent. So, I felt real good to be able to let it go and not feel or be apprehensive."