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Phil Humber retires

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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.

Trea Turner undergoes surgery on right index finger

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.

Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.

Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.