Floyd feels good after two-inning debut

Gavin Floyd’s first Cactus League trip to the mound resulted in two hitless innings Monday against the Dodgers, with Xavier Paul standing as the only baserunner after being hit by a pitch to open the second.

Floyd’s defense looked as good as his raw stuff. Apparently, the pitcher’s fielding practice leading up to game action paid off, as Floyd made a perfect throw to shortstop Alexei Ramirez on Trayvon Robinson’s grounder back to the mound to start a double play after Paul reached.

“That’s what we do here, so I was happy not to mess it up,” Floyd said of the comebacker. “There are ones where you are just like, ‘Oh, no,’ and duck. I went down like a goalie on that one to just block it.

“Obviously, two innings is very small compared to where you want to be season ready, but I felt good. I just went out there and it feels like a year since I’ve been out there. Everything went well. It’s just building stamina.”