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White Sox place Phil Humber on DL after line drive to head

Cleveland Indians v Chicago White Sox

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 18: Philip Humber #41 of the Chicago White Sox falls to the ground after being hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Kosuke Fukudome of the Cleveland Indians in the second inning on August 18, 2011 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. Himber left the game. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

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Phil Humber left last night’s game in the second inning after taking a line drive to the head, but actually tried to talk the White Sox’s trainer into letting him stay in and then told reporters afterward that he was planning to make his next start.

He won’t, as the White Sox have placed Humber on the disabled list and are expected to start rookie Zach Stewart in his place Wednesday.

It looks like Humber somehow avoided a serious injury, but given the long layoffs experienced by players who suffered concussions this season and last season the White Sox taking a cautious approach makes sense.

Plus, the time off may do Humber’s arm some good as well. Since coming out of nowhere to go 8-4 with a 2.69 ERA through early July he’s gone 0-4 with a 7.16 ERA in his last six outings, giving up 22 runs in 28 innings while allowing opponents to hit .358.