The White Sox pitching woes grew worse Friday with the latest blow to the rotation the loss of Philip Humber to an elbow injury.
Humber told team officials several days ago of lingering discomfort he was experiencing in his elbow. An MRI revealed Humber, 29, has an elbow flexor strain, landing him on the 15-day disabled list for now.
Dylan Axelrod, who was recalled this week to take the place of injured John Danks, will take Humber's rotation spot for now. He will pitch Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers.
``It's hard to say when it happened because I have a high pain tolerance,'' Humber said Friday. ``It's something that's gotten gradually worse. I felt I had to say something.
``It's not what you want, but our training staff is good and we'll work and get back as quick as I can.
``The good news is I can play catch. Based on how I feel and how it goes, I'll get back on the mound, throw some side sessions, maybe a rehab assignment. I don't know when, but hopefully soon.''
Humber had struggled since his perfect game on April 21, his record 3-4 with a 6.01 ERA and 63 strikeouts in his 12 starts.
``You look at guys and how they talk about how they're feeling,'' manager Robin Ventura said. ``I don't like having guys go out there trying to fight their way through something. I'd rather they be 100 percent.''
Danks' place has been filled by Jose Quintana, who has excelled with a 2-1 record and 1.53 ERA in seven appearances, five of them starts.
Axelrod made three starts last season, going 1-0 with a 2.89 ERA. He made one start earlier this season against Detroit and is 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA in three total appearances. He was 5-4 with a 3.18 ERA in 11 starts at Class AAA Charlotte.
Humber said he could have tried to continue pitching, ``but at the same time when you're limited and you're not able to pitch to your full capabilities, not only for me but for the team, that's the best thing. They thought it was best to shut me down and get it right.''