Rainout pushes Humber's debut to Monday

Rainout pushes Humber's debut to Monday

Rainout pushes Humber's debut to Monday
CLEVELAND -- The White Sox dodged the rain in Texas on Sunday night, completing a 5-0 loss between storms, but couldn't avoid that same inclement weather Tuesday at Progressive Field.

Game 2 of this three-game set with the Indians was postponed due to adverse conditions, with no makeup date announced. Wednesday's game, scheduled for an 11:05 a.m. CT first pitch, remains on target. But with snow and rain in the forecast until later in the afternoon, that start time could be pushed back.

Both teams have off-days on Thursday, but it's highly unlikely Tuesday's cancellation will be played on that open date.

The White Sox return to Cleveland on May 7-9 for three night games, and Oct. 1-3 for three night games to close out the season.

Philip Humber was set to complete the club's opening turn through the starting rotation, matched on the mound by Cleveland's Jeanmar Gomez. But the White Sox will stay in rotation, with John Danks pitching on Wednesday and Jake Peavy starting Friday's home opener. Humber was bumped back to Monday night's series opener against the Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field.

As a spot-starter and a member of a six-man rotation for part of the 2011 season, Humber went as many as six or seven days between trips to the mound. So he took Tuesday's news in stride with that past experience behind him.

"That's one of the things that last year prepared me for," Humber said. "I started the year in the bullpen and also having a couple of times where I had six, seven, eight days in-between starts. That would be good to use that experience for this time. You aren't going to stay around this league very long if you are not able to adapt to a change of circumstances."

"You hate to do it because you want [Humber] to pitch and start the season, but sometimes you have to sacrifice one for the four other ones," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "I don't want [Danks] going out there after seven days. John will start tomorrow."

Danks pitched the season opener in a 3-2 loss Friday afternoon against the Rangers. Moving everyone back one day would have also given Danks the home opener, but it would have meant six days between starts for the left-hander.

"I'm not worried about it," Humber said. "I know John is going to go out there tomorrow and pitch a good game."

Humber will throw a bullpen Wednesday and kind of use it as his game day, before getting ready like normal for Monday's contest. Because of the sketchy forecast for Wednesday, though, both teams' starters could be hampered by any sort of lengthy delay.

So, Humber stays on call in long relief along with Zach Stewart.

"It's something that happens early in the season quite a bit," Humber said. "You see it, especially in our division, because of the weather and everything.

"I feel good and I know it's not going to affect me. I'm usually pretty good, even if I have time in-between starts. Last year it happened a couple of times where I had time in- between starts more than usual, and I felt fine."

In June of last season, when Humber made three starts on six days' rest and one on regular rest, the right-hander finished 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA over 29 innings pitched.

Cleveland ace Justin Masterson will stay on schedule and pitch against Danks on Wednesday.

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