ARLINGTON, Texas -- Gavin Floyd will seek a third opinion soon but revealed Thursday he has a tear in his flexor muscle and surgery is an option.
The White Sox pitcher was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a right flexor muscle strain. An MRI taken on Saturday showed Floyd didn’t have any structural damage in his right elbow but a second on Tuesday revealed a tear, he said. Tuesday’s appointment with Dr. Keith Meister also revealed Floyd has an unstable ulnar collateral ligament.
Floyd said he plans to visit Dr. David Altchek in New York on Monday to receive a third opinion and see if he can possibly skip a trip to the operating table and a long recovery.
“You just look at everything and make the best decision you can,” Floyd said. “We’re going to wait until Monday. There’s options of surgery. There’s options of rehab and everything like that. We just got to weigh the options and see what happens.”
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Floyd and general manager Rick Hahn expect a decision to be made after the visit with Altchek on Monday.
This is Floyd’s third elbow injury in 11 months. Last season, Floyd was placed on the DL with elbow tendonitis in July and with a flexor strain in late August. He said Sunday the pain he experienced in Saturday’s game, which exited after 2-plus innings, isn’t the same as last season.
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White Sox manager Robin Ventura understands why Floyd wants to seek a third opinion. Floyd is hopeful he has a chance to strengthen the area and return to the White Sox later this season.
“You keep getting a different opinion just to make sure you have all your bases covered,” Ventura said. “Once you go there, it’s for a long time. I think for him it’s the comfort of knowing he’s doing the right thing, getting enough opinions from experts. I’m not an expert. I’m going to let them kind of figure that out. Ultimately it’s his decision.”
Floyd is 0-4 with a 5.18 ERA in five starts this season.