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Phil Humber takes a lickin’, keeps on tickin’

Aug 19, 2011, 1:45 AM EDT

Phil Humber apparently has a hard head.

The Chicago White Sox pitcher was hit flush in the head by a line drive off the bat of Cleveland Indians outfielder Kosuke Fukudome in the second inning of Thursday’s game, yet was on his feet to greet trainer Herm Schneider, and actually tried to convince Schneider to let him stay in the game.

Brett Ballantini of CSN Chicago has the goods:

Schneider asked Humber where the ball hit him—the pitcher attempted to block the blow with his glove but was too slow—and once Humber admitted he was hit flush on the head, Schneider insisted he leave the game, to the mild-mannered pitcher’s polite protests. Three of his four outs were strikeouts, although Cleveland tapped out three hits in his 1 1/3 innings.

The White Sox said that the preliminary tests on Humber indicate he was alert and responsive once removed from the game, and that he will be further evaluated on Friday.

Humber joked about his inability to avoid line drives, noting that he was hit in the cheek by one last season. “I’ve got to get on some drills or something to get my reflexes a little faster I guess.”

He also said he expects to make his next start, though admits that “some of that’s not up to me.”

“I feel very fortunate.” No kidding.

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  1. hittfamily - Aug 19, 2011 at 2:50 AM

    Scary. I took a bad one on my knee in my pitching days, but none to my head luckily. It is like slow motion and super speed all at the same time. The second the batter starts to offer at a bad pitch, you know “that barrel is lining up my way”. Then the ball comes your way, and it seems like forever, because you are staring at it, but your hands just aren’t fast enough.

    Glad he walked off, because that is the most dangerous play in all of sports.

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