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White Sox place Phil Humber on DL after line drive to head

Aug 19, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

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Phil Humber left last night’s game in the second inning after taking a line drive to the head, but actually tried to talk the White Sox’s trainer into letting him stay in and then told reporters afterward that he was planning to make his next start.

He won’t, as the White Sox have placed Humber on the disabled list and are expected to start rookie Zach Stewart in his place Wednesday.

It looks like Humber somehow avoided a serious injury, but given the long layoffs experienced by players who suffered concussions this season and last season the White Sox taking a cautious approach makes sense.

Plus, the time off may do Humber’s arm some good as well. Since coming out of nowhere to go 8-4 with a 2.69 ERA through early July he’s gone 0-4 with a 7.16 ERA in his last six outings, giving up 22 runs in 28 innings while allowing opponents to hit .358.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 19, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Stewart has been pitching well since the Jays traded him to Chicago. I do not regret his departure, because it enabled the Jays to get the best player in the three way Chicago, Toronto and St. Louis trade. Rasmus has played quite well in Toronto. I hope that Stewart has a good career in Chicago.

    As I was typing this, I just heard the Cubs defeat St. Louis in the bottom of the 10th. St. Louis did get the worst of the trade.

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