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White Sox demote Philip Humber to bullpen three months after perfect game

Aug 7, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Philip Humber has struggled mightily since throwing a perfect game on April 21, posting a 7.21 ERA in 14 starts while spending some time on the disabled list, and the White Sox have decided to demote him to the bullpen while ditching their brief six-man rotation.

Humber took the demotion in stride, mostly because he refused to call it a demotion:

I don’t think that going to the bullpen is a demotion. That’s disrespectful to the guys who are in the bullpen to say, “I’m good enough to start.” Well, I’m hoping I’m good enough to be in the bullpen. That’s the attitude I take as far as whatever role I’m given, whenever they give me the ball, I’m going to do the best I can with it.

Humber went from prospect bust to solid mid-rotation starter for the White Sox last season and obviously this year’s perfect game led to optimism about his long-term value, but right now he’s 29 years old with a 4.70 ERA in 302 career innings.

  1. headbanger33 - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Math quiz: If Phil Humber can retire 27 consective Mariners, how many consective Astros can he retire?

    A) 27

    B) 28

    C) “I don’t blinkin’ know.”

    D) 0 – cuz Joe West is umpiring and he ejected each and every player in order to promote his new CD, “This here’s my show, dang nabbit!”

    • CJ - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:50 AM

      if Humber were to pitch for the Mariners against the Astors, the answer would be 54, because it would take a least two games’ worth of innings for either team to score a run.

  2. georgewashingtonsghost - Aug 7, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    That’s a great comment by Humber. His head is in the right place. I hope he’s able to turn things around.

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