Trio of Sox arms may be done for year
Floyd, Carrasco have injuries; Buehrle could pitch finale
CLEVELAND -- The chances of Gavin Floyd pitching against Detroit this weekend basically were reduced to none on Monday, based on manager Ozzie Guillen's pregame comments concerning shutting down his right-hander.
Floyd has been bothered by muscle soreness in his left hip area and has not pitched since starting in Seattle on Sept. 16. But he doesn't look to be the only White Sox pitcher out of service in these final six games.
Mark Buehrle will pitch in the 2009 regular season finale only if the game means something to the Tigers. And reliever D.J. Carrasco, one of the most reliable hurlers on the White Sox staff this season, could be done as well due to a strained left hamstring suffered while stretching in the bullpen last week.
"It wasn't even in a game or anything like that," said Carrasco of the minor injury that has kept him out of action since last Monday, when he hurled one-third of an inning in a loss to the Twins.
"Now, it kind of [stinks] for me because all year I was relied upon and able to give them innings when they needed it," Carrasco said. "We got Bobby [Jenks] down and Buehrle. Everybody is at the end of their season, and I can't help out. It eats away at me a little bit."
Carrasco actually explained how he can pitch with the injury, but would have great trouble moving off the mound, as he found out during a painful jogging session on Monday. Along with being unable to lend a helping hand to the team, Carrasco will fall short of a few individual goals.
At 93 1/3 innings pitched, with 89 1/3 coming as a reliever to top the American League, Carrasco was hoping to get to 100 for the season for just the second time in his career. He also could have had a shot to start in this last week, a role he has coveted since joining the White Sox, with a few rotation slots potentially open.
Even with those missed opportunities based on Carrasco not pitching again in 2009, he walks away from the season understandably satisfied with his overall body of work.
"If there were any questions about me after last year, I kind of re-established myself," said Carrasco, who has a 5-1 record with a 3.76 ERA and is eligible for arbitration in 2010. "I wanted to get to 100 innings because I think that would show these guys they can rely on me to throw a lot of innings in a season. But I did it consistently over a long season. I'm definitely happy with what I did."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.