Phillip Humber has been a mess since throwing his perfect game on April 21, making 10 starts with a 7.47 ERA, and the White Sox have placed him on the disabled list with a strained elbow.
Brian Bruney was called up from Triple-A to take Humber’s place on the roster after posting a 1.85 ERA in 34 innings at Triple-A. He’s a 30-year-old veteran of four different MLB teams, but Bruney hasn’t been healthy and effective since 2009 with the Yankees.
J.J. Stankevitz of CSNChicago.com reports that the White Sox may give Bruney, a career-long reliever, a shot in the rotation, although Dylan Axelrod is another option to replace Humber.
Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.
The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.
The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.