Astros designate Humber for assignment

Astros designate Humber for assignment
May 12, 2013, 10:15 am
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Nina Falcone

It's been just over a year since Philip Humber stunned the baseball world by throwing the 21st perfect game in MLB history. That game in Seattle on April 21, 2012 marked the third time a White Sox pitcher retired all 27 batters and was the first complete game Humber threw in his career.

But since then, things haven't been as pretty for the former White Sox right-hander.

Following his perfect game, Humber allowed 20 runs in his next three starts and landed on the DL with a right elbow strain. After being removed from the team's starting rotation and non-tendered in November, he was picked up by Houston. But things just haven't clicked with the lowly Astros either.

On Saturday, Humber allowed five runs in two-thirds of an inning, and that appeared to be the final straw for the Astros. The team announced Sunday morning that Humber has been designated for assignment, replacing him with right-hander Edgar Gonzalez.

Since his perfect game in Seattle, Humber has posted an 8.03 ERA in 123 1/3 innings. He opened the season with a spot in Houston's starting rotation, but an 8.82 ERA in seven starts had earned him a demotion to the bullpen.

Humber will be placed on waivers, and if he's not claimed, traded or released in the next 10 days he'll be sent to Triple-A.