No ligament damage in Floyd MRI

CHICAGO -- As expected, Gavin Floyd was moved to the 15-day disabled list on Sunday, although there was a bit of good news when it came to the right-hander’s injury.

An MRI late Saturday night showed that Floyd had a flexor muscle strain and that there appeared to be no damage with ligaments or tendons. A precursor to Tommy John surgery would be an elbow injury with ligament damage.

Floyd had a similar injury last season that kept him out of action from Aug. 27-Sept.12. He also had elbow tendonitis that sidelined him from July 8-23.

“Last year it was a different spot,” Floyd said. “It was kind of the same thing [Saturday]. It was one pitch, and I felt it and I was like, ‘I’m going to pitch through it.’ I threw a couple more and it was just getting worse and stiffening up and I threw one to [Evan] Longoria and felt like I was babying it in there and started protecting myself. [Catcher] Tyler [Flowers] knew, and he came out and talked to me.”

The difference with his current flexor muscle strain is that he feels it more when throwing fastballs. Last season, it affected him more on curveballs.

No timetable has been set, but manager Robin Ventura thinks a mere two-week absence still isn’t out of the question. But a third elbow injury in two seasons leaves cause for concern.

“I don’t think there’s anything we are doing that’s making it happen,” Ventura said. “I think baseball makes that happen. Things happen. I don’t think it has anything to do with the way they are training. It’s just part of playing baseball. It’s not a natural act. You know hopefully they get over it quick.”

Ventura has already said that left-hander Hector Santiago will assume Floyd’s starts for now. Santiago struggled in relief of Floyd on Saturday night, giving up four runs on 109 hits in 3⅔ innings.

Assuming the White Sox don’t use Monday’s off day to skip anybody in the rotation, Santiago would be in line to start Friday at Kansas City.