Humber feeling good after second rehab start

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Humber feeling good after second rehab start

Philip Humber said Saturday morning he feels good about what he accomplished in his latest rehab start but expects to make another.

The White Sox starter, who is on the disabled list retroactive to June 17 with a right elbow flexor strain, likely needs another rehab start after a 63-pitch effort for Triple-A Charlotte on Friday night.

Humbers next start would fall during the All-Star break, which leads him to believe hell appear once more for Charlotte before he returns to the White Sox. Humber completed four innings with five hits and two earned runs allowed on Friday.

My arm feels great, Humber said. This past one my fastball command was pretty much where I wanted it to be. That was really what we were going for this start. The first one was just to make sure you feel good. This one really wanted to improve my fastball command and feel like I did that along with throwing sliders for the first time so that was a good step too. I feel like I'm healthy. It's just a matter of -- I don't know what the schedule is going to be here with the All-Star break and everything.

Robin Ventura agreed with Humbers assessment, though said no plan has been determined. Humber is 3-4 with a 6.01 ERA in 12 starts this season.

I would say theres probably one more, Ventura said. They said there was nothing that hurt or felt strange. Thats the good news and we can talk to him when he gets back.

Humber said hes in the same boat as John Danks, who said earlier this week hes frustrated to be on the sidelines for the first-place White Sox. Danks has been on the DL since May 20.

We were joking around like, I don't know how they're doing without us, Humber said. But they're managing OK right now. It's been awesome to watch, but on the other hand it makes you that much more anxious, like John said, to get back. It's tough to be on the sidelines anytime, but especially when the team is rolling like this. It's a lot of fun slapping hands in the dugout with the guys but I'd like to be walking into the dugout slapping some hands too sometimes. Hopefully soon I can get back and help and just be an added bonus to this club.

CSN's Dan Hayes meets the White Sox Dan Hayes

CSN's Dan Hayes meets the White Sox Dan Hayes

Is the White Sox clubhouse big enough for two Dan Hayeses?

We're about to find out this spring training as CSN White Sox Insider Dan Hayes covers the team, which includes first base prospect Danny Hayes.

The Sox prospect Hayes battled .250 with 10 homers and 42 RBIs in 55 games for Charlotte last season.

The big-league hopeful and White Sox beat reporter spoke with CSN's Chuck Garfien about the similarities the two (don't) have.

No word yet on whether they'll battle the two Rougned Odors and Geovani/Geovany Sotos to an Anchoman-style duel.

Check it all out in the hilarious video above.

Yoan Moncada working to learn White Sox culture

Yoan Moncada working to learn White Sox culture

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Yoan Moncada is still trying to familiarize himself with the White Sox but his new club probably don’t feel all that unfamiliar.

At the very least, the rookie second baseman has a strong support group in his first week of spring training. Whether is a seat next to Jose Abreu in the clubhouse, chats with Jose Quintana on the field, or the comfort provided with a manager who speaks the same language, the White Sox clearly want their prized prospect to adapt to his new team. Already in town for the past few days, Moncada participated in the club’s first full-squad workout on Saturday at Camelback Ranch.

“I’m just trying to get to know the culture here, the guys, the staff, the players, how they like to work,” Moncada said through an interpreter. “And so far I’ve been good. Also, the change of the city and state, especially in spring training, I’m getting to know that a little bit better right now.”

Moncada’s comfort is only likely to grow now that Abreu is also in town. The veteran first baseman reported to camp around noon on Saturday (his flight was delayed by weather) and took his physical. Abreu and Moncada played together in 2012 for Cienfuegos and they spent much of the weekend at SoxFest together having fun. Abreu has spoke glowingly about Moncada, who came over from Boston in the Chris Sale trade, and is interested in helping him get comfortable at the big league level. Moncada, who debuted last season, likes having Abreu around.

“That’s a good advantage for me,” Moncada said. “I know him. He knows me. We played together in Cuba. We haven’t yet had the opportunity to practice together. Today was our first day and he wasn’t here, but that’s something that is going to be very good for me.”

So too is the addition of manager Rick Renteria, who is bilingual and addressed his clubhouse in both languages on Saturday. While he’s only getting to know his new teammates and coaches, Moncada is comfortable with the knowledge he can clearly communicate with the man in charge. All those elements should pave the way for Moncada to maximize his development in camp rather than worry about things off the field.

“He’s an excellent manager,” Moncada said. “He can speak both languages, especially Spanish for me, I can communicate with him. That’s a huge advantage for me and I like that. I think that we are going to have a very good season and we are just waiting for the season to start.”