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February 26, 2011

Don Cooper likes Phil Humber and wants him to add a cutter

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 26, 2011 2:00 pm
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Could Phil Humber be the 5th starter if Jake Peavy isn’t ready on the start of the season?

‘‘I kind of like what Humber’s doing,’’ Cooper said. “My thing is, give us the ammunition that we need to keep you around. If you attack the strike zone, if you get ahead, that’s the ammo. If you’re not — well, sorry.’’

‘‘I’m really happy with what I’m seeing,’’ Cooper said. ‘‘But what often happens with the young guys is they look good now, but when . . . hitters step in there, all of a sudden they get distracted.’’

… Cooper also wants Humber to tinker with a cut fastball.

‘‘Something I’m kind of working on,’’ Humber said.


January 21, 2011

Kenny Williams wants Chris Sale to start until Jake Peavy is ready [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 21, 2011 10:45 pm
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Gonzales @ CT:

Williams did anticipate that Jake Peavy could miss up to the first month of the regular season but stated that he has received positive text messages from his injured pitcher.

Nevertheless, Williams intimated that Chris Sale will prepare this spring as a starter until Peavy is healthy.

Williams said he’d like Tony Pena to remain a reliever, leaving Philip Humber, Lucas Harrell and Sale as potential fifth starter candidates until Peavy is ready.

UPDATE: Merkin @ CWS:

The reason Chris Sale prepared himself as a starter this offseason was not necessarily because he is expected to be inserted into the 2011 starting rotation. General manager Ken Williams simply didn’t want Sale to break from the usual routine he employed over the past few years at this formative stage of his career.

“If you now try to have him do something he’s not used to doing, you might not get the guy you just saw the last half of the season,” Williams said. “I think it’s important for him to always prepare — for all guys, not just him — as they always have to get the most out of him.

“As we are currently set up, it’s my feeling he ultimately will be in the bullpen. We won’t have that need, at least no longer than 30 days, if we have it at all. But to have him prepare as a reliever and take away one or two of his pitches because that’s what guys tend to do, I don’t think it’s wise.”

Williams also doesn’t believe Sale would be hampered by moving back and forth between starter and reliever in the same season.

“When you can do it, you can do it,” Williams said. “He’s shown he can do it. Leave him alone.”

UPDATE #2: Peavy thinks he will be ready by Opening Day.

January 18, 2011

White Sox claim right-handed pitcher Phil Humber off waivers

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 18, 2011 2:00 pm


The Chicago White have claimed right-handed pitcher Phil Humber off waivers from the Oakland Athletics.

Humber, 28, spent most of the 2010 season with Class AAA Omaha in the Kansas City organization, going 5-6 with a 4.47 ERA (59 ER/118.2 IP) and 80 strikeouts in 21 games (20 starts). The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder also pitched in eight games (one start) with the Royals, going 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA (10 ER/21.2 IP) and 16 strikeouts.

Humber is 2-1 with a 5.26 ERA (30 ER/51.1 IP) and 35 strikeouts in 26 games (two starts) over parts of five major-league seasons with New York-NL (2006-07), Minnesota (2008-09) and the Royals (2010).

He originally was selected by the Mets with the third overall pick of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft. Humber and three other Mets minor-league players were traded to Minnesota on February 2, 2008, in exchange for pitcher Johan Santana.

With the claim, the White Sox 40-man roster is at 38.

Humber’s Wikipedia entry has already been updated.

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