"In my mind, I think we should shut it down," manager Ozzie Guillen told ESPN Chicago . "This is a kid that's going to be back here next year and he's not going to prove to anybody if he can pitch or not. I think, 'why are we going to take a risk when the thing is not very important?'
Floyd left his last start after throwing just seven pitches due to shoulder soreness, so it makes sense to avoid any potential injury and close the books on Floyd's season.
"Obviously we have to talk to Gavin first to see how he feels but I think the best scenario is to shut it down," Guillen added. "That's the best thing for him and for the organization."
Floyd got the season off to a terrible start, posting a 6.64 ERA through his first 11 starts before cleaning up with a 2.85 line in the next 20. Throwing out Floyd's last start with just seven pitches and the two starts prior to that due to getting bombed, and the 27-year-old ripped off a 17-start stretch of a 2.27 ERA.
That stretch of dominance has lowered Floyd's ERA all the way to 4.08 after the brutal start over a total of 187 1/3 innings. Floyd posted a 4.06 ERA in 2009 while displaying the same number of walks and strikeouts, so Floyd's talent level has been well-established. He is in no danger of losing a rotation spot, especially as he finishes up the second year of a four-year, $15.5 million pact.-- Evan Brunell
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