Floyd's first start with Tribe pushed back few days

Floyd's first start with Tribe pushed back few days

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Indians are closely monitoring Gavin Floyd this spring as he makes his comeback from a fractured right elbow. The team plans on maintaining a cautious approach with the pitcher and has already taken a step along those lines by delaying the right-hander's first Cactus League start.

Floyd was originally scheduled to make his debut Sunday, but manager Terry Francona noted on Thursday morning that Floyd's first start will be pushed back by a few days. Francona added that he will meet with general manager Chris Antonetti, pitching coach Mickey Callaway and Floyd in the coming days to map out a plan.

"We're just trying to back up Gavin a few days," Francona said. "We really are adamant with him that we want him to be completely game ready when he starts to pitch, and he's been really good about communicating with us."

Francona indicated that the 32-year-old Floyd might work in a simulated game or Minor League setting prior to advancing to a Cactus League game. Cleveland has taken a similar approach this spring with Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco in order to reduce the intensity level and control the environment of their initial spring game appearances.

The Indians signed Floyd to a one-year, $4 million contract that also has $6 million in incentives over the offseason after he posted a 2.65 ERA in nine starts for the Braves last year. Floyd fractured the olecranon bone in his throwing elbow on June 19, but he has reported no issues to this point after working through bullpen sessions and batting practice in camp.

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