Sox Floyd thinks he's ready to go

Sox Floyd thinks he's ready to go
March 20, 2013, 7:30 pm
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GLENDALE, Ariz. --- He may have rushed a few times in Wednesday’s outing but Gavin Floyd thinks he’s ready for the regular season.

Floyd allowed two earned runs and seven hits in five innings in a 4-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. He struck out five and walked one batter and has a 4.61 spring ERA through 13 2/3 innings.

“I’m ready for the season for sure,” Floyd said. “I felt good (Wednesday). I think I was a little rushed at some points, but you know collected myself and kind of relaxed and got my rhythm back and felt pretty good.”

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Floyd allowed a home run on a hanging slider on Wednesday but has been pleased with his fastball command this spring. He has struck out 15 batters and only walked two.

“Overall I’ve been pretty good so far so just refine and keep on attacking,” Floyd said.

Outfield intact

The White Sox will have their starting outfield together on Thursday for the first time in nearly three weeks when Alejandro De Aza and Alex Rios return from the World Baseball Classic and Dayan Viciedo comes back from a day off. Viciedo sat out Wednesday’s game, a day after he left early with a “constriction” in his right quad muscle.

“It will be nice to get everybody back,” manager Robin Ventura said. “You don’t see them in games and it doesn’t register because you're watching everybody else play. It will be nice to get them back.”

Viciedo said he improved significantly from Tuesday to Wednesday and had no doubt he’ll be back in the lineup Thursday. He expected to participate in all activities Wednesday except for the game. Viciedo said his quad began to bother him after he tripled in a run.

“But I went and got treatment and feel much better,” Viciedo said through a translator. “I feel good and maybe (Thursday) I’ll get a chance to play, but I’m not going to push it before I need to. But it’s nothing major.”

Flowers is fine

A day after he legged out a double, Tyler Flowers had to do some more running. Flowers, who said running was the part of his game most hindered by a stiff lower back, nearly charged home from second base before third-base coach Joe McEwing threw up a stop sign, which forced the catcher to slam on his brakes. Afterward, Flowers said he’s fine. Flowers singled and lined out in three trips to the plate.

“I didn’t feel it at all,” Flowers said. “Just like yesterday, I felt it a little bit in the morning. But once I got hot, from warming up before the game to after the game, I didn’t feel it at all.”

Notes

-- Adam Dunn had an outfield assist on Wednesday when he threw out Rod Barajas at home plate from left field to end the fourth inning. Dunn, who could play left field in interleague play, isn’t bragging. “You won't have an easier one,” Dunn said. “No offense to Rod (Barajas), he's not Michael Johnson or anything. It was kind of a little perfect storm. I'm just glad I didn't airmail it.”

-- Jesse Crain allowed a run and two hits in one inning pitched in a minor-league game on Tuesday. Crain threw 23 pitches.

-- Gordon Beckham went 3-for-4 with a double to raise his average to .275. Jordan Danks went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. He’s hitting .371.

-- Jeff Keppinger raised his spring average to .500 as he went 2-for-2 with a walk. Keppinger also had two hits and two walks on Tuesday. He’s 14-for-28 in 11 games.