Originally posted on Grab Some Bench  |  Last updated 4/28/13
As was expected, the White Sox announced that Gavin Floyd (pictured below, H/T AP) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a flexor muscle strain in his right arm (elbow), the same injury that sidelined him in 2012. Floyd is 0-4 on the young season with a hefty 5.18 ERA so far on the young season. There's no indication, like last season, that this injury is anything serious. If it's monitored properly, and thanks to Herm Schnieder we know it will be, then he should be back in two to three weeks. Hopefully then Floyd can find the consistency that we know he usually does stumble upon as seasons progress. But for now, let's focus more on what this means for the team in the immediate future. Hector Santiago will take over Floyd's responsibilities while he's out in the starting rotation. Through 7 appearances and 14.1 innings pitched, Hector "Screwgie" Santiago has a 2.51 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP, and 11 strikeouts to go along with those figures. And before Saturday (3.2 IP, 4 ER in relief), his ERA was actually 0.00 on the year. Thanks to a strong finish last year and picking up where he left off so far in April, there is a lot of optimism surrounding Screwgie. At just 25 years old and already having major league experience under his belt, he's expected to be a large part of the team's future plans. With this likely being Floyd's last season on the south side of Chicago, Hector will be the first person in line (right there with Dylan Axelrod) to take his spot on a permanent basis. Although Santiago (pictured below, H/T ESPN.com) throws from the left side, he's very effective against the righties (7-35, .200 BAA), which is one main reason the team expects him to be able to handle a starting role. Throw in his mid-90's fastball, good off-speed stuff, and pinpoint control, and you've got yourself a potential winner. It should be fun to watch him in this temporary role, if watching him in his Swiss Army Knife-like role out of the 'pen wasn't enough for you. Called up from AAA Charlotte will be Duente Heath once again to handle the long relief duties. Hopefully, we don't have to see him too often, though having a guy like him to eat up innings is always something good to have in a manager's repertoire. He will wear no. 54 with the team and looks to do a better job keeping the ball in the ball park, as the first two hits he let up in his career (one in 2012, one in 2013) were both home runs. He does, however, have a 0.00 ERA through nine innings pitched at AAA Charlotte so far this season.
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