Floyd was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career Tuesday with right elbow tendinitis, retroactive to July 8, meaning he will be eligible to return July 23. An MRI showed no structural damage in his arm. After getting treatment Tuesday and Wednesday, Floyd will begin throwing Thursday and have a bullpen session Friday in hopes that he will be able to start next Monday against the Twins. "We have a lot of season left," Floyd said. "I want to be there for the rest of the season and be strong and give my best effort out there without having any doubts whether something is going to get worse or something like that." "He checked out," Ventura said. "You want these guys to be as healthy as they can when they go out there and have no doubts at all about what's going on physically." Kevin Youkilis has been hot all month and he has continued his torrid pace into his first two games against his former team. After going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles in Monday's series opener against the Red Sox, his first game at Fenway Park since being traded to the White Sox, Youkilis hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning off Jon Lester during Tuesday's 7-5 win. He is batting .500 with three runs scored and three RBIs in the first two games of the series, while Will Middlebrooks, who has taken over at third base for the Red Sox, has one single in eight at-bats. Red Sox: DH will vary without Ortiz in lineup
Valentine will rotate several players at Ortiz's DH position, beginning with Daniel Nava, who batted third and went 0-for-3 on Tuesday. Before injuring his right Achilles tendon, Ortiz was riding an 11-game hit streak, batting .429 with two home runs, four RBIs, 13 walks, and a .583 on-base percentage during that stretch. "We can rotate guys through if we want," Valentine said. "I don't see one person striking out as someone we're going to put there and say, 'He's replacing David Ortiz as the designated hitter.' You don't do that. I think we'll get some combinations of people who will help us score runs." Worth noting
After Tuesday's win, the White Sox have won eight of their last nine games at Fenway Park. Youkilis became the fourth player to play at least 500 games with the Red Sox and record at least three hits in his first game back in Boston in another uniform. Ortiz recorded at least one hit and one walk in his last 10 games before getting hurt Monday, breaking a team record set by Ted Williams in 1950. Aaron Cook gave up one unearned run over seven innings for the Red Sox in Monday's win over the White Sox without walking or striking out a batter. In doing so, he became the first player in the modern era to have two or fewer strikeouts and walks over his first five starts of a season.