Gavin Floyd to start Wednesday

Updated: September 10, 2012, 8:01 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd will start against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday after a stint on the disabled list due to a right elbow flexor strain, pitching coach Don Cooper said on Monday.

To make room for Floyd in the rotation, Francisco Liriano will move to the bullpen for at least the first three games of the series against the Tigers, which begins Monday.

Floyd was placed on the disabled list on Aug. 28 (retroactive to Aug. 27). He is 9-9 with a 4.55 ERA in 24 starts this season.

"I think realistically six (innings) would be a huge bonus," Cooper said of Floyd. "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."

Floyd said he is ready to return to the mound and help the White Sox in the season's final weeks.

"It's exciting," Floyd said. "On the shelf per se for 15 days, excited to get back out there and compete. ... It is what it is. You get injured, you get injured. I want to get back in there and contribute."

Liriano, acquired from the Minnesota Twins earlier this season, has allowed 10 runs and 15 walks in his last three starts.

"This isn't a demotion," Cooper said. "We're going to have Frankie in the bullpen throughout this series, or at least for the first three games of the series. Obviously, we've been going through our bullpen a lot. We've got games to play and we're going to play those games.

"Frankie's going to wind up going somewhere in the Minnesota series if he's not used in the bullpen here. Now's the time we've got to think out of the box, got to be flexible, got to see what we've got using our people the best way we can to try to win the game each night."

The White Sox lead the American League Central by two games over the Tigers going into their four-game series.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.