KANSAS CITY -- After allowing one run on two hits during a Minor League rehab assignment for Double-A Birmingham on Thursday against Tennessee, while striking out five, Philip Humber feels ready to rejoin the White Sox rotation.
That return probably won't come until Wednesday against the Red Sox for the right-hander, as manager Robin Ventura announced Friday that Dylan Axelrod would get Tuesday's start. Putting Axelrod in the second game of the four-game series at Fenway Park gives all of the White Sox starting pitchers an extra day, while also setting up Jake Peavy, Chris Sale and Gavin Floyd to face the Tigers at Comerica Park.
The White Sox starters also get an extra day the following week thanks to an off-day on July 26 before embarking on a six-game road trip to Texas and Minnesota.
"We've kind of been doing it during the year to give a guy an extra day here and there," Ventura said. "It's just another way to do it."
"Sometime next week I'll get back in there," said Humber, who has been on the disabled list since June 22 with a right elbow flexor strain. "We're in first place and even though we've had some injuries, we've had some guys that have stepped up and I think that's going to be a bonus in the second half. When guys get hurt and guys come up and get experience, that's how you build up depth. Sometimes there's a silver lining when injuries happen."
In Humber's third rehab start, the right-hander struggled with his offspeed pitches early but was happy with his exceptional fastball command.
"Everything plays off that," said Humber of his fastball. "It got better as I went. The offspeed pitches, I got a better feel for them. Hopefully that's a sign of good things to come."