White Sox right-hander Phil Humber's perfect game didn't even last one batter Thursday night. Junior Lake of the Tennessee Smokies doubled to leadoff the game and eventual scored, but things went exceedingly well for Humber from that point forward in his rehab start at Double-A Birmingham.
Humber fired six innings and allowed just the one run on two hits in the Barons' 4-1 victory. He struck out five, walked none and threw 48 of his 78 pitches for strikes. Of course, the key with any rehab start is how the pitcher feels the day after throwing. But based upon the statline, it seems Humber is ready to return to the big leagues after missing the last month with a flexor strain in his pitching elbow.
If everything remains on track, Humber will return to the White Sox rotation next Tuesday in Boston. That means Dylan Axelrod will move out of the rotation and back into a long relief role. Given Axelrod's horrendous performance last Sunday against Toronto, that's a welcome move.