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White Sox's Floyd might need elbow surgery

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When Chicago White Sox right-hander Gavin Floyd went on the disabled list earlier this week with a sore right elbow, he was optimistic the injury would prove minor.

Turns out he has greater reason for concern.

Floyd said Thursday that his ulnar collateral ligament is unstable. The diagnosis came from Rangers team surgeon Keith Meister in Arlington, Texas, where the White Sox beat the Rangers 3-1.

The next step: Floyd will visit surgeon David Altchek in New York on Monday for another opinion.

"There are options (instead) of surgery," Floyd said. "There are options of rehab. And everything like that. We just have to weigh the options and see what happens. Go Monday and see what happens. ...

"We'll wait until the last doctor so I can think about it, pray about it and take it from there."

Floyd, 30, left his Saturday start against the Tampa Bay Rays after 2 2/3 innings due to elbow soreness. Through five starts this season, he's 0-4 with a 5.18 ERA.

The White Sox also were missing another starting pitcher Thursday, when Jake Peavy was scratched due to back spasms. On the positive side, left-hander John Danks, recovering from left shoulder surgery performed last August, made an effective rehab start Thursday for Double-A Birmingham. He's expected to make at least two more minor league appearances before joining the White Sox.
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