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Floyd upbeat, to throw again on Thursday

Floyd upbeat, to throw again on Thursday

Floyd upbeat, to throw again on Thursday
CHICAGO -- Describing Monday's 20-pitch session off the mound as "a little achy," White Sox right-hander Gavin Floyd remained upbeat after his most significant test of a right elbow flexor strain that put him on the disabled list retroactive to Aug. 27.

"It was a step in the right direction. I'm pretty excited about that," Floyd said. "I wasn't 100 percent out there but I felt pretty good, pretty loose. It was more in between pitches that I was feeling it. It wasn't 'ouch.'"

"The last time he still felt something there," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of Floyd. "So it keeps getting better."

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Floyd plans on throwing another bullpen on Thursday, which would be a little longer and incorporate breaking balls.

"So that will be kind of the true test to see what happens," Floyd said.

Ventura added that even with a great start Monday, Hector Santiago wasn't guaranteed to start again Sunday in Floyd's place. Dylan Axelrod will return from Double-A Birmingham Tuesday and he will be in that mix along with Philip Humber.

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