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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Braves' Gavin Floyd will need a few more rehab starts


By on 4/20/2014 07:30:00 AM

The Atlanta Braves are off to a 12-5 start this season, despite being 22nd in the Major Leagues in runs scored. Attribute much of the success to a pitching staff that is leading the league in ERA at a miniscule 2.28. The staff has not missed a beat despite Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy out for the season due to Tommy John surgery. But the Braves may be adding another arm to their arsenal, as Gavin Floyd is making progress in his rehab starts, and could return soon.


 Keith Allison via Wikimedia Commons

Bill Baer of NBCSports.com reported that manager Fredi Gonzalez told MLB.com's Mark Bowman that Floyd will make at least two more rehab starts before joining the team. Floyd could return as early as the beginning of May, which would mark the one year point since he had Tommy John surgery. Floyd was signed in December to a one-year, $4 million contract.

Our own PaulF reported on April 13 that Floyd's rehab starts have gone quite well in the fact that he's thrown without pain.  He's continuing his rehab with the Braves' Triple-A affiliate Gwinett. Floyd is 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA in three rehab starts. He's allowed eight hits in nine innings, with five walks and five strikeouts.

Floyd was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2001. He made his Major League debut in 2004 but struggled until 2008 when he went 17-8 with a 3.84 ERA with the White Sox.  That started a streak of five years with ten or more wins.  Last season, Floyd pitched in only five games and went 0-4 with a 5.18 ERA. In 199 career games, Floyd is a .500 pitcher at 70-70 with a 4.48 ERA.

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