It looks like Gavin Floyd’s first career stint on the disabled list will be a brief one.
Floyd, currently sidelined with right elbow tendinitis, threw 40-50 pitches in a bullpen session this afternoon. The White Sox want to see how he responds tomorrow before making an official announcement, but pitching coach Don Cooper told Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com that he is likely to return to start Monday against the Twins.
“He seems like he’s ready to go,” Cooper said. “He threw all of his pitches. It went well. (Recovery is) important. I think he’s going to be ok because it went very well. (Trainer Herm Schneider) and him took the time to work on it and he’s feeling better. He looks good.”
Floyd, 29, has a 4.54 ERA and 91/31 K/BB ratio in 103 innings across 17 starts this season. He was in a nice groove prior to landing on the disabled list, delivering three scoreless outings in his last four.
The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.
Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”
Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.
Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.