Floyd's return to rotation in discussion stage

Floyd's return to rotation in discussion stage

CHICAGO -- A 50-pitch bullpen thrown by Gavin Floyd on Sunday with relatively no discomfort means it's now on the White Sox to figure out when the right-hander returns to the rotation. Floyd has been on the disabled list retroactive to Aug. 27 with a right elbow flexor strain.

"Everything felt a lot better," said Floyd, who threw 25 pitches, then sat down and then threw 25 more as if he was working in an innings setup. "A couple of times we stopped and it felt a little ... abnormal. But everything felt good."

"Floyd looked fine," White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said. "He had three sidelines: one we'll call light, second one medium, this was normal. In the second sideline, we mixed in sliders and today we mixed in curveball, sliders and changeups. We mixed them all. It's not pain right now. He threw well and now we're going to discuss where and when we feel it's best to insert him."

Cooper confirmed that Jose Quintana and Jake Peavy will be the White Sox first two starters in the important four-game set against the Tigers beginning Monday. Nothing is certain past those games, and Cooper also didn't list rookie Hector Santiago as the automatic starter to be replaced by Floyd.

Both Quintana and Wednesday starter Francisco Liriano have struggled in their last two starts. The White Sox also could insert Floyd on Thursday and give Chris Sale an extra day.

"There's nobody replacing anybody. Again we're not there," Cooper said. "If Hector goes out there and throws well today, he's throwing good, we'll have to really wrap our minds around that before we take somebody out who's throwing well. We're going to play it by ear. We have a lot of options right now and we'll weigh them all."