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In less than encouraging news for the Chicago White Sox, starting pitcher Gavin Floyd will pursue additional opinions on his flexor mass strain, which has him currently on the 15-day disabled list.
Gavin Floyd in the process of following up with various doctors so CWS have multiple opinions on his prognosis per Rick Hahn via email.
— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) May 2, 2013
"We hope to have atreatment plan next week," Hahn wrote
— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) May 2, 2013
Floyd, experiencing his third elbow injury in less than a calendar year, had a recent MRI examination, which showed no ligament tears of the elbow.
It felt like it was stretching every time I threw the ball...I kind of had a worry for sure. We took the right way of taking (me)
out. If I kept throwing, who knows what would have happened. Last year
it was more on breaking balls I’d feel it. This one was more on the
fastball. Hopefully I’ll recover and get back to healthy and it’ll be
twice as strong.
Currently sporting a 0-4 record, 5.18 ERA, 4.59 FIP, and 0.3 WAR thus far in 2013, the White Sox were hopeful the 30-year old veteran would be a steadying influence on the back end of the rotation in support of one of the better 1-2 rotation combinations in the American League, in Jake Peavy and Chris Sale.
As previously discussed here at MLB Injury News, the flexor mass muscles not only allow for flexion of the fingers and wrist as well as pronation of the forearm, they provide stability and support of the forearm and elbow against valgus forces; weakness and injury of the flexors could limit the amount of resistance to valgus forces, which could possibly account for the 'stretching' Floyd describes.
Known for being reliant upon a good slider to go along with a fastball/sinker and curve ball repertoire, it is possibly this reliance on the slider that could be at the root of his elbow woes, given the large amounts of stress and torque placed on the elbow in order to throw the pitch.
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