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Chicago White Sox: Gavin Floyd's Status Could Make Obtaining a Starter a Must

Dylan Axelrod filled in for Gavin Floyd Monday night. If Floyd winds up on the DL, expect Kenny Williams' search for a pitcher to intensify.
Dylan Axelrod filled in for Gavin Floyd Monday night. If Floyd winds up on the DL, expect Kenny Williams' search for a pitcher to intensify.Jim Rogash/Getty Images
Jon FromiSenior Analyst IJuly 17, 2012

Chicago White Sox GM Kenny Williams may have seen his club's need for pitching intensify as the current road trip continues in Boston this week. If the White Sox are to remain serious contenders, Williams may have to go out and get a couple of arms.

Gavin Floyd missed his start Monday in the series opener with the Red Sox. News that he may be headed to the disabled list with soreness in his right elbow and forearm could not come at a worse time.

Despite the White Sox 5-1 loss, Dylan Axelrod stepped up to throw almost seven innings just two days after throwing two innings in an extra-inning win in Kansas City. Axelrod filled in admirably, striking out eight Red Sox and allowing a single run.

Phillip Humber is coming off the DL to start Tuesday night. Wednesday's starter is still up for conjecture, though it seems like left-hander Pedro Hernandez could be tapped. Another rookie arm added to the pitching staff in the midst of a pennant race.

If it's a single start that Hernandez is coming from Charlotte to pick up, that's one thing. However, if Floyd goes on the DL and Williams has any hope of staying in the AL Central mix, the need for a proven starter takes on increased urgency.

It's hard to believe that the only healthy pitchers from last year's staff are Jake Peavy, Chris Sale and Matt Thornton. Humber's return still leaves seven rookies charged with keeping Chicago afloat.

Monday night, Axelrod gave way to fellow rookies Leyson Septimo and Nate Jones. It hasn't been the first game with an all-rookie cast on the mound. Jones, who leads the bullpen with 40.1 innings, is practically a crusty veteran compared to some of his fellow pitchers.

Right now, the White Sox have to be hoping that Humber returns pain-free and can start racking up some quality starts. After that, reliever Jesse Crain could provide some stability if he is deemed healthy.

At this point, even news of John Danks playing long toss is news to Chicago's sore-armed staff. Danks still seems a long way from appearing in a game for the White Sox, but the way things have gone lately, the team has to be hoping for best-case scenarios.

A scenario like Floyd's soreness being just a temporary thing would be the best case. Regardless, Williams had better be on the phone.

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