A line drive knocked out Philip Humber in the second inning on Thursday night, and the White Sox in fact were lucky that they lost just a game and not Humber for an extended period.
So as to the Sox lost four games after the American League Central-guiding Tigers seemed inconsequential after watching Kosuke Fukudome break a line drive above the right eye of Humber.
According to Humber as sporting a hit on top of his eye after the 4-2 loss to the Indians, “I’m definitely thankful it wasn’t a lot worse and that I’m OK.”
Humber was alert and receptive after getting hit. He right away stood up and placed his cap back on before the Sox trainers removed him from the game as a preventive measure with one out in the second inning. He will be re-examined on Friday.
Humber said, who needed 18 stitches after getting hit on the right side of his mouth last year while pitching for Triple-A Omaha, “Of course, everyone was asking if I was OK. I told them I was good, I felt like I could still pitch and wanted to be out there.”
He added, “But they have a job to do and took every precaution that there wasn’t anything serious going on. As of right now, I feel good. I feel like I just got a little pop knot on my forehead. Other than that, I feel very fortunate. I saw it, but a little late. I wasn’t as quick as I thought.”
Neither were the Sox bats against Justin Masterson and four relievers. Gordon Beckham struck out with the bases loaded against reliever Vinnie Pestano to finish the eighth inning and was 1-for-13 in the sequence and is 3-for-20 on this homestand.
Ozzie Guillen, the manager said, “I talked to him before the game, and I worry about him because he’s chasing a lot of bad pitches. When you are a hitter and you’re chasing bad pitches, it’s like you are pitching and not throwing strikes. You will dig yourself a hole. You have to look for something. I know it’s not easy.”
“I played this game and went through it. I was swinging at everything in my career as a player, but I think he has to lay off the high fastball as soon as he can because he’s going to put himself in deeper position.”
The Sox dug themselves a hole when Fukudome snapped a 2-2 tie with an RBI triple off Will Ohman, who then loaded the bases with a walk and hit batsman before Jason Frasor walked Asdrubal Cabrera to force in the final run.