GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Philip Humber gets the honor of making the White Sox first 2012 Cactus League start, taking to the mound Monday for the contest against the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch.
"I'm excited for it," said Humber, who is set to throw one inning. "I haven't really thought about it that deep. I think it's just probably how they have the stuff set up."
John Danks is set to start the team's Cactus league road opener on Tuesday in Tempe against the Angels, with Jake Peavy pitching Wednesday at home against the Brewers and Gavin Floyd on Thursday in Surprise against the two-time defending American League champs from Texas. With Chris Sale pitching Friday in Glendale against the Cubs, the opening rotation appears to be set up, although nothing official has been announced by manager Robin Ventura past Humber on Monday.
Jose Quintana starts Monday's "B" game against the Indians, with Simon Castro and Brian Bruney also pitching. Will Ohman, Jesse Crain, Addison Reed, Hector Santiago, Pedro Hernandez, Charlie Leesman and Nestor Molina pitch Monday after Humber, who is ready to test his early work in actual games.
"I feel under control. I feel the ball is coming out of my hand good and I'm throwing a lot of quality pitches," Humber said. "That's all you can hope for right now until you get in live game action. There will be adrenaline flowing and things like that, so you make sure to keep everything down and keep feeling good."