Philip Humber, the White Sox most consistent first-half starter, moved to the bullpen for Sunday's series finale in Cleveland and will be available in relief when facing Detroit. The move was not intended to bring an end to the White Sox six-man rotation.
"Temporarily," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen of Humber's bullpen move. "I think Humber needs a little bit of a break, that's the only reason we're doing it.
"And I don't want those guys to miss starts. I don't want them to stay that long. That's a lot of days without throwing and then we can use this kid out of the bullpen, because he's the only one we can use out of the bullpen. Last time we used Peavy out of the bullpen, he got in trouble."
Humber has made 17 starts out of his 19 appearances this season, posting an 8-6 record with a 3.26 ERA over 113 innings. Although Humber has said he feels great, the right-hander is approaching his single-season professional high of 148 innings and has allowed 10 runs on 18 hits over his last 9 1/3 innings.
Sunday's news seemed to slightly unnerve Humber, who didn't receive an indication from White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper during a morning discussion as to how long his starting absence would cover. Humber is ready to do whatever is asked of him, following a mantra he has espoused all season.
"I'm good with it, whatever they want me to do," said Humber, who last pitched on July 17 at Comerica Park against the Tigers. "I've said all along, 'When they give me the ball, I'll do the best I can with it.'
"Now I have a chance to pitch today, tomorrow or the next day, so we'll see what happens. I think we've got a bunch of guys throwing the ball well. And hopefully, I'll have an opportunity to help them in the bullpen."