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.