Indians pitcher Gavin Floyd has expressed interest in re-signing with the Indians, Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer reports. Floyd missed most of the season after re-fracturing his olecranon bone, which required surgery in March. The Indians had signed him to a one-year, $4 million deal in December.
Floyd made his season debut on September 2 out of the bullpen and has, to date, made six appearances. The right-hander has allowed three runs on nine hits with four walks and six strikeouts.
Floyd seems to have had a good time in Cleveland. From Hoynes’ article:
“Despite the circumstances of not being able to play, I loved getting to know the guys and the city,” said Floyd. “Everything was a blessing for sure, despite the circumstance. I’d definitely be interested (in resigning) for sure.”
Despite pitching out of the bullpen in the season’s final month, Floyd said he still sees himself as a starter.
MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports that the Indians will activate pitcher Gavin Floyd from the disabled list on Tuesday. They plan to use him out of the bullpen.
Floyd, 32, had surgery in June last year to repair a fractured olecranon in his right elbow. He re-injured it in February, requiring another surgical procedure. The right-hander made nine starts for the Braves last season prior to his injury, posting a 2.65 ERA with a 45/13 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings.
The Indians took a gamble, hoping he could be healthy and productive, signing him to a one-year, $4 million deal in December.
It was announced on Thursday that the Indians were calling up right-hander Danny Salazar for a spot start on Saturday against the Twins, but the plan now calls for him to remain in the rotation while Zach McAllister will move to the bullpen.
Salazar was expected to land a rotation spot out of spring training after Gavin Floyd went down with another elbow injury, but he struggled during Cactus League action and was optioned to Triple-A Columbus. However, after striking out seven and walking none over six scoreless innings in his lone start in the minors, the Indians are ready to give him another shot.
Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway told Jordan Bastian of MLB.com that they received positive reports about Salazar’s slider from his Triple-A start, which he feels could be the key to a breakout:
“If he can do that,” Callaway said, “throw the ball over the plate with some command, and throw that secondary pitch for a strike to set up that changeup, he’s going to be good to go.”
Salazar was great down the stretch as a rookie in 2013, but he had mixed results last year while posting a 4.25 ERA over 20 starts. Still, he has averaged 10.3 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 in the majors and has obvious frontline starter potential. Can’t blame the Indians for going with upside.
McAllister was knocked around for five runs over four innings in his lone start last week. He was throwing in the high-90s with his fastball out of the bullpen last night (thanks, Brooks Baseball), so this could be a good change for him.