The Sox are back to a five-man rotation, but it's not by choice.
After right-hander Phil Humber was struck in the face by a comebacker in the loss to the Indians, the team announced before Friday's 7-4 loss to Texas that he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a facial contusion.
"I was in the clubhouse while he was in the clubhouse being examined, and he was laughing and smiling, and I didn't know if it was adrenaline or his head was that hard," Sox GM Ken Williams said. "It was impressive. His wife wasn't handling it so well, even though he tried to lighten the mood. She sees a big lump above her husband's eye... but anytime something like that happens, it's scary. We're fortunate he's come away intact."
Williams did say that Humber was placed on the DL as more of a precautionary measure, and with concerns about Jake Peavy and Mark Buehrle, the Sox couldn't afford to keep Humber on the roster, not knowing when he would be able to pitch next.
With Humber down, the Sox were expecting rookie Zach Stewart to step up in his spot.
"It's definitely not what I want," Humber said. "I definitely want to be out there pitching and competing. But at the same time, it's not my decision. They're looking out for me as well as the team. I'm happy to do what they tell me to do, and I'll be working hard and looking forward to next time."
Humber did say that he was still trying to catch up on all the texts he received from family and friends that were concerned about him after the incident.
"The footage of it was interesting to people," Humber said. "It was on Yahoo! and stuff, so a lot of people saw what happened and were glad I was OK, so I was thankful to hear from them."
Manager Ozzie Guillen is always cautious about injuries, and Humber was not going to change that.
"The (move to the disabled list) was made because we have to protect this kid," Guillen said. "Besides that, we are a little short in the bullpen -- but the main thing is to protect him. He was fine (Thursday) and he seems fine (Friday), but I think we have enough people there to protect something like that. I am not a doctor, but in this kind of case, you don't know which way to go. In one second, it can go the wrong way. He's lucky to be walking now and there is no reason to risk -- I don't think it is worth it."
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