Humber optimistic ahead of first rehab start

Humber optimistic ahead of first rehab start

NEW YORK -- Philip Humber departed for Georgia on Saturday afternoon, preparing to make his first Minor League rehab start for Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday at Gwinnett. Humber was placed on the disabled list retroactive to June 17 with a right elbow flexor strain but has made steady progress in his quest for a healthy return.

"I'm just trying to get back here, and the first step is tomorrow -- get in a game," Humber said. "Then get back to doing what I do. I'm excited and ready to go.

"Yeah, it feels good right now, but there are still some hurdles to cross, as far as pitches I'm throwing. Definitely, when you get in the game, it's a little bit different. I'm looking forward to testing it out. So far, so good. Everything is progressing."

The right-hander threw the 21st perfect game in Major League history on April 21 at Seattle. But in the 10 trips to the mound since that game, Humber posted a 2-4 record with a 7.47 ERA. After what will most likely be a second Minor League start, Humber hopes to be activated for the second half and contribute to the White Sox American League Central title quest.

"It's frustrating, but sometimes it's just part of the game," Humber said. "When we are playing well, you just want to get out there and be able to help, be a part of it."