The Chicago White Sox made more moves today that will shake up their pitching staff while adding another rookie to the staff. Phil Humber was activated from the disabled list to make the start Tuesday night against the Boston Red Sox. Gavin Floyd was sent to the DL with right forearm tendonitis and rookie Pedro Hernandez will be called up tomorrow to start game three of the four game series against the Red Sox.
Humber will be making his first start since June 16. This season has been a rocky one for Humber who enters tonight’s game against Boston with a 3-4 record with a 6.01 ERA in 67 innings pitched. The White Sox are depending on Humber to right the ship to help offset the injuries to John Danks and Gavin Floyd. With the trade deadline looming in the next two weeks and the Sox searching for another starting pitcher, Humber’s spot in the rotation is in jeopardy. With Chris Sale and Jake Peavy leading the way and rookie Jose Quintana pitching very well, that only leaves two spots for Danks, Humber, Floyd and anybody they bring in via trade. Assuming whoever they bring in a trade would automatically be put in the rotation and Danks’ spot is pretty well locked in, Humber and Floyd (whenever he returns) will be battling Quintana for that 5th spot.
Floyd was put on the DL today retroactive to July 8th. That means July 22nd, Floyd would be able to be activated. This injury is starting to force White Sox GM Kenny Williams hand into searching the trade market for a starting pitcher. Rumors are floating that he is looking at Zach Greinke, Francisco Liriano and Ryan Dempster. My thinking is that Floyd could even be on the market if the right deal came along and Williams was able to replace him with somebody else.
Hernandez, 23, will be making his major league debut tomorrow in Boston. He has a 2.90 ERA in 13 starts between AA Birmingham and AAA Charlotte. Hernandez was acquired along with prospect Simon Castro in the trade that sent Carlos Quentin to the San Diego Padres this past offseason. I just recently ranked Hernadez as the Sox #13 rated prospect. This could be some sort of showcase for some teams as the trade deadline gets closer. He is just the latest of many rookies who have contributed to this White Sox pitching staff.
The next few weeks will give us a sense on the direction Kenny Williams is trying to take this team. Does he want to keep some of the younger pieces he has acquired and try to build that way, or does he want to keep doing things the way he always has and that is building on the fly and use prospects as bait for veteran players?
I thing I do know about Kenny Williams is, he will ALWAYS be aggressive.