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Floyd and Buehrle could both be shut down soon

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3251916271_4953dea4ae.jpgSEATTLE - The inflammation in Gavin Floyd's left hip is bad enough to cost him at least one start, as the White Sox officially ruled him out of Monday's game before their finale with Seattle on Thursday.
By next week, he could be shut down for the entire season, and he won't be alone.
Manager Ozzie Guillen said that if the team continued to bury itself in the standings that they would also likely shut Mark Buehrle down for the remainder of the year.
"If this thing is shut down, I say Buehrle,'' Guillen responded, when asked if there would be any other players put on the shelf for the rest of the 2009 campaign.
Then he joked, "We'll give [Jake] Peavy Buehrle's start and give Peavy Gavin's start. Give him all of those starts. [But] I think Buehrle because he has a lot of innings piled up. But I have to continue to have a season and make those guys go out there and earn the money for that reason. For pride, to finish better. For money, because you are a free agent, whatever the reason is. We have to show up and play the way we should play everyday, no matter what our situation is.''
Just not at the cost of jeopardizing the health of two of the four starting pitchers that the Sox will build the 2010 team around.
As far as Floyd, he said that while he couldn't recall the specifics of how the injury occurred, he had been dealing with it for the last "six or seven starts,'' and was progressively getting worse. Worse to the point that they could see he was in pain on Wednesday, so shut him down after just three innings.
"I want to pitch,'' Floyd said. "That's why I've been pitching through it. I think I can be a benefit to this team, whether I'm laboring or not. But I want to pitch. I want to go out there and help the team out.''
"That's why they took me out, because obviously it hasn't been getting better. That's why they think maybe a start off will help things out.''
Guillen did stress that they are not giving up on the season, but Floyd's future is worth more than a pipedream.
"The main thing for us is to make sure we keep this guy healthy for the future,'' Guillen added. "The way this guy has pitched for us the last two years, he deserved and earned our consideration. We know we are fighting for something and we are trying to get there.
"In the meanwhile, I'm not going to put this kid in to go out and pitch two innings and see him the way we see him the last two outings. It's not fair for him or for us.''

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Do us a favor and shut the whole team down....pathetic.

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