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Indians Lose Gavin Floyd to Elbow Injury

Veteran has stress fracture in right elbow, same injury that ended his 2014 campaign

The Cleveland Indians are thankful that they have an abundance of talent in the mix for their starting rotation, because it is unlikely that 32-year old veteran Gavin Floyd, whom the club signed to a one-year, $4 million deal this offseason, will be ready to pitch anytime soon. Floyd, who was shut down last June after having surgery on a stress fracture in his right elbow, has been put on the shelf again as an MRI revealed Tuesday that he has reinjured the same elbow this spring.

Floyd was expected to make the Indians’ rotation this season, likely pitching third behind CY Young winner Corey Kluber and youngster Trevor Bauer. The Indians were counting on his veteran presence in a rotation full of second and third-year guys who are expected to be amongst the best in the majors this season. Now the Indians will have to rely on their youth to really step up as it is likely that Floyd’s injury will open the door for youngsters T.J. House, Zach McAllister, Josh Tomlin, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar and non-roster invitee veteran Bruce Chen to take the two remaining spots in the rotation.

With so many talented starting pitchers at their disposal, it was likely that House, Tomlin and Chen would start the season at Triple-A Columbus, but now one of them has a legitimate shot at making the club and making some big noise in the process. House and Tomlin were on fire by the end of the 2014 campaign so they likely have the leg up on Chen and McAllister, the latter of who performed very well out of the bullpen last year. McAllister is out of options so this does give him an outside shot at making the rotation this season instead of being the Tribe’s long reliever.

Floyd will now work with the Indians’ training staff to evaluate his options. Considering he had surgery to repair the elbow last season, and was in the process of returning from Tommy John surgery in 2013 when he injured his elbow last June, it is not likely that a rest and rehab program is even on the table. Instead, Floyd is likely headed for the knife again, and if that is the case it is very unlikely that he will ever appear in an official game for the Indians.



Robert Gonzalez

Cleveland Indians Correspondent