The White Sox have placed starter Philip Humber on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 17, with a right elbow flexor strain, the team announced Friday. The Sox also purchased the contract of Brian Bruney from Triple-A to take Humber's spot on the 25-man roster.
Additionally, outfielder Kosuke Fukudome was designated for assignment.
Humber had struggled since throwing his perfect game April 21, posting a 7.47 ERA in 10 starts since. A year after having a 3.75 ERA, Humber's ERA has ballooned to 6.01 this season in 67 13 innings.
Fukudome was on a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Charlotte, where he had three hits in 11 at-bats. In 51 trips to the plate over 24 games this season, Fukudome hit .171 with a .294 on-base percentage and no home runs.
The White Sox have 10 days to place Fukudome on waivers, release him or trade him. With the move, Jordan Danks may have won a job in the majors with the White Sox -- the 26-year-old has five hits in 13 at-bats with a stolen base since being brought to the majors after Fukudome hit the disabled list.
Bruney appeared in 23 games for Charlotte this season with a 1.85 ERA, making three starts and 20 relief appearances. The 30-year-old righty spent time with the White Sox in 2011, throwing 19 23 innings with a 6.86 ERA.
Either Bruney or Dylan Axelrod will likely replace Humber in the Sox rotation while he's on the disabled list.
The White Sox continued their rebuild Thursday by trading for an intriguing young right-handed pitcher.
The South Siders acquired Thyago Vieira from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for international signing bonus pool money.
The 24-year-old Vieira is a Brazilian native and has only made one appearance in the big leagues, striking out a batter in one perfect inning of work in 2017.
While his career minor-league numbers don't jump off the page — 14-19 with a 4.58 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 13 saves and 7.4 K/9 in 290.2 innings \— Vieira has been reportedly clocked at 104 mph with his fastball and was ranked as the Mariners' No. 8 prospect at the time of the deal. He also held righties to .194 batting average in 2017.
Here's video of Vieira throwing gas:
And this may explain why Vieira was even available:
Control has been an issue throughout his career, as he's walked 4.6 batters per nine innings in the minors. He has improved in that regard over the last few seasons, however, walking only 22 batters in 54 innings across three levels in 2017 and he doled out only one free pass in 5.1 innings in the Arizona Fall League in 2016.
What does this deal mean in the big picture for baseball? How did the Sox pull off a move like this while not having to give up a player in return?
This may help shed light on the situation from Baseball America's Kyle Glaser:
Either way, the White Sox may have just acquired a guy who could potentially throw his name in the hat for "future closer." Or at the very least, throw his name in the hat for "best name."
After posting career numbers in 2017, Avisail Garcia is already attracting trade suitors this offseason.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle's John Shea, the Oakland A's have interest in acquiring the outfielder, who would fill the team's need for a right-handed bat.
The buzz should come as no surprise given Garcia produced a slash line of .330/.380/.506 in his breakout campaign, where he was also named the lone representative for the rebuilding Sox at the All-Star Game.
Now the question centers on whether GM Rick Hahn, whose phone constantly stays buzzing, sees the 26-year-old as a piece for the future or trade bait. Heading into winter meetings, Hahn reiterated that he would listen to deals involving Garcia and Jose Abreu, especially considering the South Siders are likely still a few years away from seriously competing in the American League.
With Garcia under club control until 2019 and his value at its peak, now may be the ideal time for Hahn to sell high and stockpile even more prospects for the already talent-rich farm system. The A's currently have four players in MLB Pipeline's Top 100.
It may be Avi Time in Oakland.