Gavin Floyd's improving elbow will allow the White Sox to start him Wednesday night against the Tigers in the third game of their crucial four-game series.
Francisco Liriano moves to the bullpen, although that may be temporary. If he isn't needed, Liriano will likely get a start against the Twins in Minnesota this weekend, pitching coach Don Cooper said.
"It's exciting,'' said Floyd, who was encouraged by his side session of about 50 pitches Sunday. "To be on the shelf for 15 days, it's exciting to be out there.
"I didn't feel any pain where it affected the way I threw. It felt good, and I'm excited to see what we come up with."
Floyd is 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA in two starts against the Tigers. Lifetime, he's 7-2. Cooper said he'd be more than pleased with six good innings Wednesday.
"I think realistically, six would be a huge bonus,'' Cooper said. "If he can go out there for six innings and keep us in the game and give us a chance to win, huge bonus, huge shot in the arm. Gavin's back and we can continue to untrack him.''
"It's a game,'' Floyd said of facing the Tigers. "You just go out there and do your job. No matter if it's playoffs or means a lot or doesn't mean so much. You got to go out there and compete and try to go out there and win. Take one game at a time, one pitch at a time. Don't put too much pressure on yourself."
"You want your guys in there and Gavin is one of those guys,'' manager Robin Ventura said. "He was pitching well the last outing he had. Once he had the elbow stuff going on you wanted to pull him out. If he's healthy, he's going.''
There's a lot to be said for the Sox holding on to first place after losing Mark Buehrle to free agency and Opening Day starter John Danks to a season-ending shoulder injury. The starting rotation has been patched together with rookies such as Jose Quintana, Dylan Axelrod and Hector Santiago. Cooper and Ventura have
"There are (a lot of moving parts) and there could be worse things then having them,'' Ventura said. "If you get an arm like Gavin back and he pitches well, that's a good thing to deal with. Again getting him back healthy is the No. 1 thing and for him to go out and pitch is another. But we've been doing it all year like that. We've had guys miss a start and kind of push guys around and do different things and everybody has stepped up and done the job. It's not that much different than what we've done all year long.''