Sox hoping Humber, Floyd find consistency


Sox hoping Humber, Floyd find consistency

For as solid as Jake Peavy and Chris Sale have been at the front end of the White Sox rotation this season, Gavin Floyd and Philip Humber have been just as shaky.

Floyd showed improvement in Fridays start in the series opener against Houston, despite taking the loss.

Now Humber gets his opportunity to at least match Floyds effort in a four-hit, four-run performance in Chicagos 8-3 loss. Humber pitches today as the Sox go for the series win in the finale of the three-game, interleague series against the Astros at U.S. Cellular Field.

Humber enters at 2-3 with a 5.68 ERA. Over his past eight starts since throwing a perfect game in Seattle on April 21, Humber is 1-3 with a 7.38 ERA. Yet, hes showing signs of improvement.

Two starts ago he earned the win against Tampa Bay on May 29, allowing two runs on five hits in seven innings. That marked Humbers longest start of the season other than the perfect game.

You know, two starts ago in Tampa, had a good game, then last game a couple pitches cost me a good game (in last start against Seattle), Humber said Saturday. It's about being more consistent and making more quality pitches. I feel good about where I'm at, I feel like I'm close to where I want to be.

Humber has had particular trouble at home where he hasnt won in almost a year. He is 0-6 with a 5.72 ERA in his last 13 starts at U.S. Cellular. He hasnt won on the South Side since June 12 last season against Oakland.

Pitching coach Don Cooper said its a matter of both Humber and Floyd becoming steadier in their starts. The Sox remain confident in their abilities.

Him and Gavin obviously have had some rough stretches, Cooper said Saturday. I thought Gavin was better (Friday) night, but you know, a pitching slump is not like a hitting slump. He limited mistakes (Friday) night, but the ones he made, Gavin got hurt. When a guy is going good, I dont care who it is, hes throwing enough quality pitches.

When you are not, thats not happening. We have two guys that we are trying to bring out of their inconsistency to more consistency. Weve seen them good before and we know what it looks like.

The Sox and their fans hope they see that in Humber today.

A.J. Pierzynski retires, joins FOX as full-time analyst

A.J. Pierzynski retires, joins FOX as full-time analyst

Former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski officially retired from MLB on Tuesday.

Pierzynski will join FOX as a full-time analyst, according to a press release from FOX Sports.

"We love having A.J. on the FOX Sports team," Fox Sports President John Entz said. "He’s confident in his opinions and insight and he doesn’t hold back or shy away from topics he feels strongly about. Fans want an honest approach to what’s happening on the field, in the locker room and away from the game, and A.J. gives you just that, and has a lot of fun doing it."

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Pierzynski will serve as both a color commentator and studio analyst for FOX, while also making regular appearances on FS1's MLB Whiparound. Pierzynski previously worked with FOX during the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015 MLB postseasons.

"With Opening Day right around the corner, this is always a great time of year," Pierzynski said in a statement from FOX Sports. "I’m really looking forward to what should be a very exciting MLB season and to being a part of the FOX Sports team again."

Pierzynski spent 19 years in MLB with the Minnesota Twins (1998-03), San Francisco Giants (2004), White Sox (2005-12), Texas Rangers (2013), Boston Red Sox (2014), St. Louis Cardinals (2014) and Atlanta Braves (2015-16). Pierzynski won a World Series ring with the White Sox in 2005. The 40-year-old Pierzynski had a career major-league slash line of .280/.319/.420 with 188 home runs and 909 RBI.

Pierzynski joins former MLB players Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher, who both recently signed deals with FOX.

Carlos Rodon headed to the disabled list, will start throwing program

Carlos Rodon headed to the disabled list, will start throwing program

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Carlos Rodon will begin a two-week throwing program after a second opinion revealed no structural damage.

The White Sox pitcher is back in camp on Tuesday morning after he traveled to Los Angeles for a follow up appointment on Monday. That visit yet again cleared Rodon of any major injury, though he has been diagnosed as having bursitis (inflammation) in his left bicep tendon. Rodon is expected to start the season on the 10-day disabled list.

"I had a good day (Monday), figured some stuff out and are going with the plan we've got now," Rodon said. "(The program is) based on how I feel, how I push it. I'll try to take it slow, and if everything feels good, I want to be back with these guys as soon as I can."

Rodon was scratched from Friday's start and has undergone a slew of tests since.

General manager Rick Hahn said last week that odds were Rodon would start the season on the disabled list. Manager Rick Renteria hinted the same on Monday when he said the White Sox would be cautious with the No. 3 overall pick of the 2014 draft even if the second opinion revealed no significant damage.

Rodon wasn't certain but thinks he may stay behind in Arizona for extended spring training. 

"It's almost like you have to re-start the process a little bit," Renteria said. "It would be foolish to try to anticipate or push him into any direction without first of all ultimately having whatever the diagnosis is or the validation or whatever it might be of the second opinion. Once we get that, we'll know hopefully tomorrow how we can ultimately proceed. I wouldn't think we’d try to ramp him up quickly."