After hinting at it last week, it sounds like the White Sox will indeed shut down Gavin Floyd because of shoulder soreness.
Ozzie Guillen told Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com that there’s really no sense in having him make one final start with the White Sox out of contention:
In my mind, I think we should shut it down. This is a kid that’s going to be back here next year and he’s not going to prove to anybody if he can pitch or not. I think, why are we going to take a risk when the thing is not very important? Obviously we have to talk to Gavin first to see how he feels but I think the best scenario is to shut it down. That’s the best thing for him and for the organization.
Floyd was initially scheduled to start yesterday, but Tony Pena took his place against the Angels, tossing a Quality Start in a 4-3 win.
While his 10-13 record doesn’t look very good, Floyd actually had a solid season with a 4.08 ERA and 151/58 K/BB ratio in 187.1 innings, ranking 12th among AL starters in Expected Fielding Independent Pitching (xFIP) at 3.85.
Update (12:58 AM ET): Per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Samardzija has been diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle. He’ll be shut down for a week. That’s good news for the Giants, considering the alternatives.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.