The Padres recently reassigned pitcher Phil Humber to minor league camp. Rather than accept the assignment, Humber has retired from baseball, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Humber, 33, will always be remembered for the perfect game he threw as a member of the White Sox against the Mariners on April 21, 2012. It was the 21st perfect game in baseball history and the third perfect game in White Sox history. As fate would have it, it was also the first complete game of Humber’s career.
Humber is also known for his inclusion in the February 2008 Johan Santana trade. Humber was sent, along with Carlos Gomez, Deolis Guerra, and Kelvin Mulvey, to the Twins for the ace left-hander. At the time, Humber was considered a top prospect, earning a #26 overall ranking from Baseball Prospectus going into the 2007 season.
Last season, Humber played for the Kia Tigers in the Korean Baseball Organization.
The Rays acquired minor league reliever Drew Smith from the Tigers on Friday, per a team announcement. The move will close the loop on the trade the two teams began in January for backup outfielder Mikie Mahtook.
Smith, 23, pitched his first full season in Single-A West Michigan in 2016, turning in a 2.96 ERA, 4.3 BB/9 and 11.5 SO/9 in 48 2/3 innings. The right-hander is still several levels away from making any impact on the Rays’ major league roster, but appears to be progressing steadily in two seasons of pro ball and has delivered two runs, four walks and 12 strikeouts in his first 11 2/3 innings at High-A Lakeland this season. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that he’ll be reassigned to the Rays’ High-A Charlotte this week.
The Yankees have activated shortstop Didi Gregorius from the 10-day disabled list, the club announced on Friday. Infielder Pete Kozma was designated for assignment to clear roster space.
Gregorius, 27, suffered a strained right shoulder while playing in the World Baseball Classic last month. He’s in Friday’s starting lineup, batting sixth against the Orioles.
Last season, Gregorius hit .276/.304/.447 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI in 597 plate appearances.