White Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd looks strong against Team USA
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN email@example.com March 5, 2013 11:08PM
Team USA v Chicago White Sox
Updated: April 5, 2013 6:51PM
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The White Sox completed their first cycle through the starting rotation Tuesday with Gavin Floyd’s 22/3 scoreless innings against Team USA’s all-star cast. There hasn’t been a bad outing in the bunch, and Floyd joined Chris Sale and Jose Quintana in notching a scoreless two-plus-inning stint.
Throwing a fair share of breaking pitches and feeling no effects from the tender elbow that sidelined him for parts of July, August and September last season, Floyd struck out Jimmy Rollins, David Wright and Ben Zobrist.
“They have a great lineup,’’ Floyd said. “It’s going to be exciting for the WBC. Pitching against them in your first start . . . not too many weak spots in that lineup.’’
With the adrenaline flowing, Floyd said his delivery was a little quick on his fastball, but other than that, he was satisfied.
“You try to get a little extra giddyap on it and try to overthrow it a little,’’ he said. “After four months without competition, it’s all new again.’’
Floyd allowed a single to Ryan Braun and a double to Adam Jones.
Left-hander Matt Thornton also made his spring debut, reporting that he “felt outstanding” more than a week since having an MRI on his left elbow because of soreness. Thornton walked one, threw a wild pitch and got three fly outs.
“I wanted to go out and throw some changeups, throw some breaking balls, throw my fastballs to both sides of the plate, and I did that,’’ Thornton, 36, said.
“Still to this day, I get nerves throwing in spring training. I calmed down, and I felt great, so that’s all I really care about right now.’’
Danks still good
Lefty John Danks was sore Tuesday morning, in all the right places and like the other starting pitchers feel on the day after they pitch, he said. Danks worked two-plus innings for the first time since last May on Monday against the Giants. He worked out and played catch.
“I feel like I’m sore like Jake [ Peavy], Sale or Floyd, not a recovering-from-surgery guy,’’ Danks said.
‘‘Things are well. It’s still a work in progress, we know that, but to be able to bounce back [Tuesday] . . . I don’t anticipate there being any issues there. It’s a big step.’’
Danks will stay on schedule and throw a side session Wednesday and pitch against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
Round 1 of cuts
The Sox made their first roster cuts, optioning lefty Charlie Leesman to Class AAA Charlotte and reassigning five players to minor-league camp: infielders Tyler Saladino and Andy Wilkins, catchers Kevan Smith and Michael Blanke and right-hander Jacob Petricka.
Leesman, 12-10 with a 2.47 ERA at Charlotte in 2012, had knee surgery in the fall.
The Sox have 55 players left in big-league camp.