Liriano has struggled during his eight White Sox starts, with a 5.09 ERA and 27 walks over 40 2/3 innings, including 15 walks in his last 14 innings pitched. The southpaw took the loss on Sept. 1 at Comerica Park.
Floyd was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 27 with a right elbow flexor strain. But after three bullpen sessions, finishing with a 50-pitch effort that included curveballs on Sunday, Floyd looks ready to try to improve his career 7-2 record against the Tigers.
"This isn't a demotion," said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper of Liriano's temporary move to the bullpen. "Now's the time we've got to think out of the box, got to be flexible, got to see what we've got using our people the best way we can to try to win the game each night. Obviously, it's a grind but where I'm sitting right now, we're two games up with 23 games to play. If we win more than the team we're playing, we're in."
"You just go out there and do your job," Floyd said. "No matter if it's playoffs or means a lot or doesn't mean so much, you got to go out there and compete and try to go out there and win. Take one game at a time, one pitch at a time. Don't put too much pressure on yourself."
The next start for Liriano should be this weekend against the Twins. But the White Sox also have the option of keeping Hector Santiago in the rotation, especially after the rookie allowed just one run over nine innings, fanning 14, in his two big league starts.
Jose Quintana's effort Monday could factor into how the White Sox use Santiago, as could their desire to give Chris Sale an extra day over the final 19 games. The options are there for the White Sox, and they appear to be good ones.
"There are [a lot of moving parts]," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of the rotation. "There could be worse things than having them."
"We're going to be looking at our starters," Cooper said. "Give us what you can, we don't have a number in mind. We have bullpen people behind them with today being a little different. We'll try to piece the game together. We've got confidence in the guys in the bullpen and we'll use them to try to get by each day and see if we can win."