Phil Humber left last night’s game in the second inning after taking a line drive to the head, but actually tried to talk the White Sox’s trainer into letting him stay in and then told reporters afterward that he was planning to make his next start.
He won’t, as the White Sox have placed Humber on the disabled list and are expected to start rookie Zach Stewart in his place Wednesday.
It looks like Humber somehow avoided a serious injury, but given the long layoffs experienced by players who suffered concussions this season and last season the White Sox taking a cautious approach makes sense.
Plus, the time off may do Humber’s arm some good as well. Since coming out of nowhere to go 8-4 with a 2.69 ERA through early July he’s gone 0-4 with a 7.16 ERA in his last six outings, giving up 22 runs in 28 innings while allowing opponents to hit .358.
Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.
The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.
The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.