Apparently positive news if you plan on keeping Floyd...
.... As for Cliff Floyd, he walked into the visitors clubhouse wearing new brown Alligator shoes, a strong indication that his sprained left ankle was not as bad as previously feared. Floyd was a no-go for Wednesday night's game, but both he and Reyes were hoping to return to the lineup for Thursday night's series opener in Arizona.
"I guess the man upstairs said if I get hurt, at least give me a speedy recovery," said Floyd, who has had his share of injuries. "I know one thing's not good to be a shorthanded team. If I can get out there being smart, I'll get back out there."
Floyd's injury looked devastating when it happened, especially in light of his past Achilles tendon problems. Floyd caught a spike as he slowed up approaching third base on Jose Valentin's RBI double in the second inning and rolled his ankle almost completely over. He hopped the rest of the way to the base and had to be helped off the field by Randolph and assistant trainer Mike Herbst.
After the game, Floyd's ankle was twice its normal size, but it was a positive sign that he was standing at his locker without discomfort. He had no difficulty walking around Wednesday but the true test will be when he tries to run in cleats on Thursday. Judging by his gait in the ankle-high Alligator shoes, however, that shouldn't be a problem unless he just feels he needs another day to heal.
"Trying to hit him was like trying to drink coffee with a fork." - Willie Stargell on Sandy Koufax