Floyd turns page on bad outing
Right-hander feeling great despite rough start vs. D-backs
TUCSON, Ariz. -- The persistent rain and cold didn't do Gavin Floyd any favors during Sunday's afternoon start against the D-backs, in a game delayed 22 minutes before its start at Tucson Electric Park.
It took Floyd approximately three innings to get loose, which left the right-hander one inning to work at his peak. But the White Sox fifth starter isn't going to let this rough Cactus League appearance destroy the highest level of confidence he has worked with over the past four years.
"Nobody else except myself knows exactly how good I feel, how natural I feel," said Floyd, after allowing four earned runs on five hits over four innings, with three walks and two wild pitches mixed in. "It took me awhile to get back to that, especially because I felt like I was pitching in [another] body for a couple of years.
"Mechanically, I wasn't right, and I've finally put it all together. That's definitely a confidence booster. I didn't pitch the greatest [Sunday], but I'm still feeling great. I'm just going to put it behind me and keep working on everything I've been working on."
Floyd allowed eight baserunners over the first three innings, including an error by center fielder Jerry Owens. In the fourth, Floyd sandwiched a walk to Chris Burke in between two strikeouts and a weak grounder to second baseman Juan Uribe.
"He was getting behind hitters, getting hit well, but all of a sudden he pitched one good inning," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen of Floyd, who fanned three. "It was a tough day to pitch. It was cold and windy, and the game was delayed. Different things went around him."
If Sunday's contest was played during the regular season, Floyd would have been prepared to pitch through the elements from the start. If nothing else, Sunday's conditions might serve as a simulation of Floyd's regular-season debut in Detroit on April 5.
Whatever the reasoning, one on-field blip won't sap the spring strength already built by the right-hander.
"I'm finally trusting what I can do," Floyd said.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.