When he signed, the right-hander looked like a lock for a rotation spot in an otherwise young rotation once he was ready, since the Braves had lost veteran Tim Hudson to free agency.
And when the Braves lost incumbent starters Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy to season-ending elbow injuries midway through spring training, the Braves began talking about having Floyd back as soon as late April, since his rehab was progressing ahead of schedule and they had an obvioius need.
But now, with late-spring pickup Aaron Harang surpassing all expectations — National League-leading 0.70 ERA — and mid-spring signee Ervin Santana meeting or exceeding what were substantial expectations for the former All-Star, the urgency to get Floyd into the rotation is no longer there.
“Yeah, how ‘bout that?” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said, when asked this weekend about the luxury of not needing to rush the return of Floyd or Mike Minor from the DL. “I would have never thought that coming out of spring training, with what happened to us with Beachy and Medlen.”