Philip Humber throws six shutout innings in rehab start

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Philip Humber was a mess following his perfect game on April 21, posting a 7.47 ERA in 10 starts before the White Sox finally shut him down with a strained elbow in mid-June.

Now he’s on the verge of returning from the disabled list, throwing six innings of shutout, two-hit ball last night at Double-A in his third minor-league rehab start.

Humber struck out five, walked zero, and set down the final 16 hitters he faced, looking good enough that Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that he could be cleared to rejoin the White Sox’s rotation as soon as Tuesday versus the Red Sox, in Boston.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.