Floyd ready to return to rotation Monday

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Floyd ready to return to rotation Monday

DETROIT -- The White Sox all but confirmed on Friday afternoon pitcher Gavin Floyd will return to the starting rotation on Monday.
They, of course, still must monitor Floyds elbow on Saturday, one day after he threw 40-50 pitches in a bullpen session both the pitcher and pitching coach Don Cooper deemed a success.
But the early signs for Floyd, who is on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 8 with right elbow tendinitis, were positive. If they stay that way, Floyd will be activated off the DL before the White Sox open a three-game series at home against the Minnesota Twins.
He seems like hes ready to go, Cooper said. He threw all of his pitches. It went well. (Recovery is) important. I think hes going to be ok because it went very well. (Trainer Herm Schneider) and him took the time to work on it and hes feeling better. He looks good.
Whereas he had trouble throwing off-speed pitches in sessions after his last start, Floyd threw all four of his pitches with confidence on Friday. He said he wasnt tentative and is pleased with the progress he has made.
Its not affecting the way the ball is coming out or the way Im throwing it, which was the complete opposite of the last time I threw breaking balls, Floyd said. I feel really good and real confident with the way things came out. Im happy about it.
Floyd struggled earlier this season but closed the first half with his strongest stretch of the season. Over his last four starts, the right-hander is 3-1 with a 1.37 ERA.
He said hes ready to start on Monday if needed.
I think thats what might be the plan, Floyd said. I dont know. Ill leave it up to them. Im ready to go. Im ready to go whenever they put me out there.

Aaron Judge's batting practice homer flies ridiculously far

Aaron Judge's batting practice homer flies ridiculously far

Aaron Judge's batting practice is quickly becoming must-watch stuff.

The 25-year-old outfielder proved that point on Monday, when he absolutely destroyed a baseball onto the Guaranteed Rate Field concourse. 

Just to recap: That ball flew the bleachers and literally one hopped the jumbotron. And while the jury has already ruled that Judge has ridiculous power, this is next-level skill. 

Judge, who's already blasted 26 dingers this season, and the Yankees are in town this week for four games on the South Side. Let's hope he doesn't actually do that when it counts. 

How Ozzie Guillen's harsh honesty resonated with Avisail Garcia

How Ozzie Guillen's harsh honesty resonated with Avisail Garcia

Ozzie Guillen delivered Avisail Garcia some tough love last winter that he figured the White Sox outfielder needed to hear.

They encountered each other during the Venezuelan Winter League season when Garcia played for the Tigres de Aragua and Guillen managed for the Tiburones de La Guaria. Guillen was so taken aback to find Garcia hitting low in the Tigres’ lineup that he offered an assessment on the spot.

For any number of reasons, Garcia has responded with a career season that has him on the verge of his first All-Star assignment. The right fielder is fifth in the American League fan vote as of Monday with 1,292,694 votes.

“About time,” Guillen said. “We've been waiting for this moment. A lot of people bet he would have failed. I know because at work, every week I talk about him. People keep waiting on him to be what he was. I think right now he has more experience. He doesn't live in the past, like 'oh it's the next Miguel Cabrera' or 'he's this guy, he's the best we've ever had.' That's why he got better. It's about time this kid. What he's doing right now I think it's fun. He's showing his potential. I see a lot of players with potential who never make it. I think it started getting too late for him, now he's back on the map.”

Garcia entered Monday hitting .331/.372/.532 with 11 home runs and 51 RBIs in 296 plate appearances. While he didn’t remember the specifics of their conversation, Garcia knows Guillen’s main intent was to help him forward. He’s encouraged that his fellow countryman has confidence in his abilities.

“He’s a great human and everything he said to me is going to work for me,” Garcia said. “I just listened. Always listen. I appreciated what he said. He gave me a lot of advice.

“He’s a great person. People that really know, know he is and we appreciate everything he does and that’s it.”

Guillen appreciates what Garcia has done this season after several years of middling play amongst high expectations. Through 72 games, Garcia has produced 2.3 f-Wins Above Replacement, giving him a career mark of 0.9.

Acquired in July 2013 from Detroit in a three-team deal that sent Jake Peavy to Boston, Garcia arrived with high expectations that he hadn’t been able to live up to thus far. Garcia has had those expectations since he first reached the majors when scouts nicknamed him ‘Mini Miggy’ after Cabrera. Guillen is glad to see Garcia has started to play up to his potential, especially after he was aghast to find him hitting in the bottom third of Aragua’s lineup.

“I saw him batting seventh and I was all over him,” Guillen said. “I said 'You should be embarrassed you're batting seventh in winter league, you have to be third, or fourth. This is winter league.' When you go to there and you play in the big leagues, it makes it easier. Now he's picked it up. Hopefully he will keep it up. Hopefully he'll keep it up and make some money. That's what we want. Some cash. Take it home.”