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Philip Humber throws six shutout innings in rehab start

Jul 13, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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Philip Humber was a mess following his perfect game on April 21, posting a 7.47 ERA in 10 starts before the White Sox finally shut him down with a strained elbow in mid-June.

Now he’s on the verge of returning from the disabled list, throwing six innings of shutout, two-hit ball last night at Double-A in his third minor-league rehab start.

Humber struck out five, walked zero, and set down the final 16 hitters he faced, looking good enough that Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that he could be cleared to rejoin the White Sox’s rotation as soon as Tuesday versus the Red Sox, in Boston.

  1. jlovenotjlo - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    If Phil Humber can come back and be effective for the White Sox, the starting pitching staff will have gone from solid to one of the league’s elite. Two aces in Peavy and Sale, the improving Gavin Floyd, Jose Quintana, and hopefully a good-enough Phil Humber. Keep in mind, this is all happening without Opening Day starter John Danks.

    Humber’s 2011 line featured 3.75 ERA in 163 IP, to go along with a 1.178 WHIP. As an optimistic person, I see no reason that after this extended time off he can’t get back to his 2011 self.

  2. kwf1224 - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    He’s like Brooks Conrad. He goes to the Minors and does so well.

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