DETROIT -- Gavin Floyd will throw off the mound on Monday for the first time since he went on the disabled list retroactive to Aug. 27 with a right elbow flexor strain. But the right-hander isn't under consideration for a rotation return, and won't be until he's operating pain-free.
"Then you kind of go from there," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "But right now, there's still a little bit in there that I wouldn't feel comfortable even setting a time for him to pitch."
"The medication did quite well as far as the soreness is concerned," Floyd said. "It's still tender, still sore. Certain throws it aggravates me. It's better than yesterday. Hopefully, I just continue throwing and it will progress."
Floyd will continue to throw only fastballs on Monday. If he passes that particular test, the final exam of sorts will be working in the breaking pitches he relies on.
"We have things planned out, bullpens and throw and try to get the strength back and see how things react and see how I feel on certain things," Floyd said. "Just keep on going and try to stay to the plan."
Hector Santiago, who is Monday's starter against the Twins, Philip Humber and Dylan Axelrod when he returns Tuesday from Double-A Birmingham will fill Floyd's spot in the interim.