Gavin Floyd's rehabilitation from May surgery to repair his ulnar collateral ligament and torn flexor tendon in his elbow is progressing extremely well, agent Mike Moye tells MLBTR. Moye says Floyd escalated his throwing program to three sets at 180 feet this week and is experiencing almost no soreness. Based on discussions with his doctor and trainer, Floyd's mound program should begin no later than December 7th and possibly sooner. Floyd's mound program will likely follow a two to three month timeline. Barring an unforseen setback, Floyd should be ready to take the mound in game action prior to Opening Day 2014.
Floyd, 31 in January, made five starts this year prior to the injury. Prior to 2013, he made at least 29 starts in each of the five previous seasons for the White Sox. Floyd generally posted ERAs in the low 4.00s during that time. I imagine he's likely to sign a one-year deal this offseason. While we've seen that setbacks are possible with these types of elbow procedures, there seems to be optimism currently that Floyd can contribute with a Major League club for the majority of the 2014 season.