After a couple days of speculation, we have learned that starting pitcher Gavin Floyd's (pictured below, H/T SI) muscle tear in his throwing arm will indeed require surgery. Specifically, it'll require Tommy John surgery that will end his 2013 season and career on the south side of Chicago.
Right now, reports say that he 'tentatively plans' to have Tommy John surgery, but that indeed does look like it'll be the plan for the 30 year-old righty.
Floyd is a free agent after this season, and with Chris Sale, Jake Peavy, John Danks, Jose Quintana, Hector Santiago, Dylan Axelrod, and possibly even some more up-and-coming youngsters set to make up the 2014 rotation, we can near positively say we've seen Floyd's last days as a member of the Chicago White Sox.
As long as Hector Santiago and Dylan Axelrod can continue to pitch like they have been of late, this news could actually end up not being bad news at all, for some Sox fans at least.
Floyd was off to an 0-4 start to the season with a 5.18 ERA, so many think the team's best chance of winning is if they go with the youngsters who have more upside than Floyd. But for someone like myself, who's mostly been a Gavin supporter over the years, pointing out the negatives to this news is entirely necessary.
In 2008, Floyd's first full season with the Sox, Gavin went 17-8 with a 3.84 ERA, which was his best season as a major leaguer by far. Although he hasn't been anywhere near that dominant since then, he's been about as consistent as they come in the four seasons since that masterful one have passed.
From 2009 through 2012, he had between 11 and 13 wins, between a 4.06 and 4.37 ERA, and did so while making at least 29 starts in each season. But since the second half of last year, his injuries have been a constant, nagging problem.
And now, the 6'6, 235 pounder's injuries have caught up to him. But at only 30 years old, he's got a lot of baseball ahead of him and can definitely help a team win from 2014 on.
Those innings will certainly be missed, even if John Danks comes back to the Sox and ends up giving the team six very capable starters to work with. Simply put, you can never have enough innings eaters.
Although he was frustrating at times (which many of you would probably label as an understatement), he picked up 63 wins for the pale hose, having been about as substantial a part of the team as any over the past half-decade.
In fact, he is tied for having the 36th most wins in team history, has thrown the 34th most innings (1,042.2), and is 16th on the team's all-time strikeout list. Can we call Gavin a White Sox great? Probably not … but we'll certainly remember him and his sometimes dominating stuff for quite some time.
I'll certainly be pulling for him wherever he ends up in the future, and I hope you choose to do the same.
But for now, it's time to be excited about a lot more 'Axe' and 'Screwgie' in our future.