Floyd will undergo elbow surgery, done for the season

Floyd will undergo elbow surgery, done for the season
May 6, 2013, 1:45 pm
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KANSAS CITY -- Gavin Floyd will undergo season-ending surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament and a torn flexor muscle in his right elbow, the White Sox announced Monday. The recovery time for the procedure is 14-19 months. 

Floyd is in the final year of a four-year, $15.5 million contract signed in 2009 and will be a free agent after this season. His future is unclear, as he'll hit the market far from a guarantee to pitch in 2014, let alone be effective next year.

"It's never fun, hearing that kind of stuff, but at the end of the day it's part of the game," White Sox starter Chris Sale said. "Things happen for a reason. I don't think this would've happened to him if he couldn't handle it or become better from it, and I think he will. Just gotta be there for him, keep his head up and keep chugging along. He's an outstanding pitcher and an even better person. He will prevail from this and become better." 

Since becoming a full-time member of the White Sox rotation in 2008, Floyd experienced plenty of peaks and valleys but was effective overall. In 158 starts, the right-hander had a 4.14 ERA and the 20th-best WAR (FanGraphs) among qualified starters in that span. That's a number general manager Rick Hahn pointed to over the winter while explaining how Floyd general was an "underappreciated" pitcher. 

"It's not easy to pitch 180-200 innings, put up a slightly below-average or even a league-average ERA. So being in that 3.80-4.10 for 180-200 innings is a solid accomplishment," Hahn said. "If you believe the WAR metrics, he tends to be about a three to four win above replacement level pitcher on an annual basis. That has real value."

Floyd struggled in five starts with the White Sox in 2013, going 0-4 with a 5.18 ERA. He last pitched on April 27, lasting 2 2/3 innings before being pulled with what was initially ruled a flexor muscle strain in his right elbow. 

In seven years with the White Sox, Floyd had a 4.22 ERA with 828 strikeouts over 175 games (168 starts) and 1,042 2/3 innings pitched. The White Sox acquired him from Philadelphia in December of 2006 along with left-hander Gio Gonzalez in exchange for Freddy Garcia.