Floyd faces elbow surgery; Tribe has rotation spot to fill

Right-hander will likely miss entire season after refracturing olecranon bone

Floyd faces elbow surgery; Tribe has rotation spot to fill

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Indians took a risk on Gavin Floyd this year, holding out hope that he could provide a veteran presence in the middle of the rotation. Risk won out, and Cleveland is now facing the reality that Floyd might miss the entire season.

On Monday, the Indians announced that Floyd is scheduled to undergo surgery on his right elbow on Tuesday morning at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Thomas Graham and Dr. Mark Schickendantz will perform the procedure, which will be aimed at repairing the refractured olecranon bone in Floyd's right elbow.

There is no timetable for Floyd's return to the mound.

"He's certainly out for the foreseeable future," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "More important than talking in March about him pitching in August or September, is our getting him healthy so he can proceed with his career. As he starts to rehab and do all that stuff, some of those things get more clear.

"I think the safe presumption is he's going to miss a good portion, if not the whole year."

The Indians signed the 32-year-old Floyd to a one-year contract worth $4 million (plus another $6 million possible through incentives) over the offseason with the idea of improving their rotation depth with an experienced veteran. Floyd averaged 31 starts and 190 innings per year from 2008-12 with the White Sox, but he dealt with elbow issues in each of the past two seasons.

Floyd missed most of 2013 while recovering from Tommy John surgery, and he returned to the mound with the Braves in May last year. Floyd posted a 2.65 ERA and showed good velocity in nine starts for Atlanta, but his season ended abruptly on June 19, when he fractured the olecranon bone in his throwing elbow in a start against the Nationals.

Dr. David Altchek, who performed Floyd's Tommy John operation, did the surgery to stabilize the pitcher's fractured elbow on June 25 last year. Floyd returned to throwing over the winter and passed a physical in order to sign with the Indians.

The Indians now have two openings in their starting rotation. The top candidates are T.J. House, Danny Salazar, Zach McAllister and Josh Tomlin, while non-roster invitees Bruce Chen and Shaun Marcum are also under consideration.

"That was a big loss," McAllister said of Floyd. "I was playing catch with him early in spring, and his stuff was really good. Any time you have a competitor like he is and a good guy like he is, to have an injury that significant, it's definitely frustrating and you feel for the guy. But, as far as the depth that we have ... every one of us that's competing for this job has pitched in the big leagues in the last year or so. We have experience and I think everyone is pretty good, too."

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.