"I didn't wanna miss too much time," said Floyd, his voice hoarse. "As you can see, I'm still trying to get my throat back."While assured of a starting slot, Floyd didn't want to take any chances. He's tried to treat this Spring Training like all the other ones in his past. He's approaching everything here as if he's battling for a spot. "Your battle is with the hitters, you know," said Floyd, who called his outing a confidence booster. "You're trying to hit the catcher's mitt; you're trying to throw strikes, and that's what I focus on." He won nearly all of those battles on Tuesday, enough of them, anyway, not to put his spot in the White Sox rotation at any risk. "I feel pretty good with everything, you know," Floyd said. "I'm just trying to keep on building on each pitch." In that regard, he has. He's had people in camp watching him closely, and he has not disappointed them. "We don't have any doubts that he can go out and perform," Guillen said. "It's up to him to grab and keep it going and keep doing what he's doing right now and maintain. "I don't mean maintain the stuff, maintain the confidence about pitching at the big league level."
Justice B. Hill is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.