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Sox place Humber on DL, designate Fukudome for assignment

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Sox place Humber on DL, designate Fukudome for assignment

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.

If all goes well, Yoan Moncada could be back with White Sox this week

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If all goes well, Yoan Moncada could be back with White Sox this week

Yoan Moncada's return to the White Sox could come as soon as Thursday.

The White Sox third baseman has been on the injured list for the entire month of August while recovering from a hamstring strain, but he could be back in the everyday lineup soon, according to manager Rick Renteria, who provided an update to reporters Monday in Minnesota.

Heading into Monday, Moncada has played three games on his current rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte, only one of which at third base. He went 4-for-12 in those three games, with a home run, two RBIs, a run scored and a pair of strikeouts.

Moncada's return to the lineup for the start of this weekend's four-game set with the Texas Rangers would be a big lift for the White Sox offense. He's been the team's best hitter this season, with a .301/.358/.535 slash line to go along with 20 home runs and 59 RBIs in 97 games.

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Tim Anderson's late summer surge

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Tim Anderson's late summer surge

A stands for April. A stands for August.

A stands for Anderson.

Just as Tim Anderson torched pitching in the season’s initial month, he’s at it again here in late summer.

Anderson’s 30 hits in 17 August games are tied with Gio Urshela for the MLB lead (entering Monday), and he’s hitting a remarkable .411 for the month. What makes it even more remarkable is that the .411 includes an 0-for-8 in a doubleheader last week against the Astros. If you took that away, he’s hitting .500.

Anderson is riding a streak of five consecutive multi-hit games; it’s the third time this season he had multiple hits in at least four straight games. He had four straight multi-hit performances earlier this month as well as from March 31-April 7.

Whereas Tim took home American League Player of the Month honors for March-April, he’s even ahead of that pace for August in some respects.

  Games BA Multi-hit games
March-April 23 .375 9
August 17 .411 10

But how is he doing it?

He’s cutting down on his strikeouts.

2019 strikeout rate

  K %
March-July 21.5
August 14.5

And when he’s swinging at balls in the zone, he’s not missing.

Contact% of balls in zone

  Zone Contact %
March-July 87.9
August 93.3

He has been particularly deadly against breaking stuff.

2019 vs. breaking pitches

  Batting Avg. Slugging
March-July .291 .437
August .500 (11-22) .636

And he has returned to his lefty-crushing ways.

2019 vs. lefties

  Batting Avg
March-July .287 (23-80)
August .480 (12-25)

When Anderson suffered a high ankle sprain on June 25 in Boston, it was uncertain as to whether he’d be able to build on a breakout 2019 season. He showed signs of rust when he went 0-for-7 in his first two games back July 30-31 against the Mets. But it’s looking more and more like he just needed a few games to shake the rust off. Conveniently, his return to form coincides with the change of month. Let’s be honest, the fact that it’s August has nothing to do with anything.

 

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