Floyd gives up slam to Viciedo in debut

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Gavin Floyd said it felt good to get out there and throw two innings in Saturday’s intrasquad game, even if it came with a few struggles.

If Floyd could have one pitch back, it’d probably be the slider that Dayan Viciedo belted over the left-field fence for a grand slam in the first inning. Had the slider worked, Floyd said it would have resulted in a ground ball or line drive.

“You just try to get your work in,” Floyd said. “It’s good to kind of struggle a little bit. I don’t wish to struggle but to kind of get it early and be able to work through it and make pitches. Just get back in the swing of things and be ready for the season.”

Floyd threw 51 pitches (26 strikes) on Saturday while working with catcher Tyler Flowers. Floyd walked one, struck out two and gave up five hits. Two of those hits came off the bat of A.J. Pierzynski, who got a little bit of help from pitching coach Don Cooper calling out pitches from near the on-deck circle.

“I was happy I got a change up, I got a hit off of a change up from Gavin,” Pierzynski said. “He always tells me to throw his change up more.”

Floyd, who has a $9.5 million club option for next season, said it was a good first outing for him.

“I think everything was moving pretty good,” he said. “I had some zip on the ball. I’ve just got to refine and deal with better location. It was good to be out there, though.”