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Astros designate Philip Humber for assignment

May 12, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

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Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle┬áreports that the Astros have designated Philip Humber for assignment. He’ll either be released or outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City if he clears waivers.

Humber opened the 2013 regular season in the Astros’ rotation but got demoted to the bullpen after seven disastrous starts. He wound up posting an 0-8 record, 9.59 ERA and 2.02 WHIP in 35 2/3 innings (seven starts, two relief appearances) with Houston.

The Astros signed right-handed reliever Edgar Gonzalez to fill the vacant roster spot. Gonzalez was designated for assignment last Thursday by the Blue Jays and elected to become a free agent.

Humber threw a perfect game for the White Sox on April 21, 2012, but he has been awful since.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 12, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    If Edgar Gonzalez is better than Humber, then Humber must be not very good.

    • flamethrower101 - May 12, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      By that logic, Humber’s perfect game shouldn’t count since it was pitched against a Triple-A team.

      • scoocha - May 13, 2013 at 5:11 PM

        Absolutely. Right on the nose.

  2. gatordontplay - May 12, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    OH No we suck again!!

  3. randygnyc - May 12, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    The phillies will be calling. They’d be satisfied with a Howard – Humber deal, straight up.

    • tuberippin - May 13, 2013 at 1:20 AM

      Alex Rodriguez
      Mark Teixeira
      Vernon Wells (who they just traded for THIS SEASON)
      40-year-old Ichiro (who they traded for last season)

      But yeah, it’d totally be the Phillies calling.

  4. kelshannon19 - May 12, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Thank the Good Lord!!! Rejoice in the streets! This is a wonderful day!

  5. dondada10 - May 12, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    I’ve never understood why these flamed out starters don’t give relieving a chance.

  6. gonderfan - May 12, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    This is not good! He was on track to better(?) Jack Fisher (’65 Mets) and Roger Craig (’62 Mets) (24 losses each) and become the first 25 game loser since Ben Cantwell in 1935. Heck; 8 losses in less than a quarter of the season; he was on track to top Coldwater Jim Hughey’s 30 losses for the Spiders back in 1899. And now …

    • gonderfan - May 13, 2013 at 12:30 AM

      It should be known that Jesse Gonder caught both Fisher and Craig (Fisher in his big ’65 year; Craig in ’63, when he lost only 22). He didn’t catch Humber, but if he was alive today, I am sure he could hit him.

    • scoocha - May 13, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      This is so bad, I thought he may make a run at John Coleman’s 48 loss season.

      It is clear that he is absolutely the worst perfect game pitcher ever, besting Dallas Braden. Remember when the media thought that Braden was actually going to be good for no reason other than talking smack to A-Rod. Good call guys.

      • gonderfan - May 13, 2013 at 5:31 PM

        As they used to (?) say, ‘you have to be good to lose a lot of games’. Coleman was the ace of the staff; he may have lost 48 games while winning only 12, but the rest of the staff was 5-33, with an ERA over a run higher.

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