“General soreness” in Gavin Floyd’s forearm cost him a chance to be in the starting rotation at the onset of the season.
The former White Sox, Phillie and Brave has dealt with arm trouble over the past several seasons, but the Indians’ do not believe that this current malady is too severe; yet choosing to play it safe as he battles for a spot.
Terry Francona had this to say about the wait-and-see approach, as told to Indians.com’s Jordan Bastian:
“[W]e’d rather someone make 28 good [starts] and feel good rather than 33 where they’re kind of limping,” said Francona. “If we’re not deep enough to cover [Floyd’s five missing starts], then shame on us.”
It opens up a race for guys like Zach McAllister or Josh Tomlin to battle for Floyd’s presumed spot, so this bears watching with us now being exactly one month away from the opener in Houston.