White Sox starter Gavin Floyd makes early exit with elbow discomfort
The White Sox won another game Sunday, their sixth in a row.
But they might have lost starting pitcher Gavin Floyd for an extended period with an elbow injury.
Floyd only lasted 2 innings before being pulled with discomfort in his elbow.
"The first inning was fine," Floyd said. "It felt like it was normal, what I've been dealing with for a little bit. When I sat down and went back out there, it kind of went back to where it was before I went on the DL."
Floyd was on the disabled list with elbow tendinitis from July 8-23. He is scheduled to have an MRI today in Chicago.
"Obviously, I went on the DL before," Floyd said. "It was the same area, the same kind of discomfort. I just hope it's something that I can bounce back real quick."
If Floyd lands on the DL again, the Sox could move Hector Santiago or Philip Humber to the rotation or bring Dylan Axelrod back from Class AAA Charlotte.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura said he doubts Floyd will make his next start, scheduled for Friday at Detroit.
"He would have to feel real good in the next couple days to be able to do that," Ventura said. "You would assume taking a guy out in the third inning, I would be hard-pressed to put him back in there a couple days later."
Nate Jones threw just 1 pitch Saturday night, but it was a good enough to earn the White Sox reliever his sixth win of the season.
Jones threw 18 pitches in a scoreless seventh inning Sunday to improve his record to 7-0.
"Just about after every win, usually as a reliever if you get the win they call you the vulture for the next day or two," Jones said. "But any way that we can get the wins as a team is what we want, no matter who gets it, the starter or the reliever. But yeah, they pick on me a little bit. It happens. I'll take it."
Robin Ventura is going to be fined after being ejected from Saturday night's game against Seattle.
The White Sox manager could also be suspended for making contact with umpire Jim Joyce, even though the crew chief grabbed Ventura several times during an argument.
A day later, Ventura didn't seem overly concerned about a suspension.
"I had no issue with what Jim was doing," Ventura said.
"He's doing his job and I'm doing mine. I have no issue."
As for making contact with Joyce, Ventura doesn't think there's an issue.
"I even told him that I don't want to bump you," Ventura said. "He said, 'You are not bumping me.' It was more of a dance than it was a bump."
Joyce, one of baseball's most popular umpires, had another run-in with the Sox on Sunday when he told Dewayne Wise to stop arguing after he took a called third strike to end the fifth inning and pointed him to his position in center field.
Viciedo sits again:
Dayan Viciedo missed his second straight game Sunday with a sore right shoulder, but the Sox' left fielder should be back in the lineup tonight at Baltimore.
"He did something to his shoulder right before, he said he kind of felt it during batting practice (Saturday)," Robin Ventura said.
"I just don't like putting him right back in. Give him some more time with (trainer) Herm (Schneider). I don't think it's serious."
With his stolen base Sunday, Alex Rios became the third player in White Sox history to hit 30 or more doubles, 20 or more home runs and steal 20 or more bases in one season.
Ray Durham and Magglio Ordonez both accomplished the feat in 2001.
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