GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Chicago White Sox pitcher Phil Humber is finally in a position to feel good about his big-league future. The 29-year-old former No. 1 pick of the New York Mets in 2004 threw six innings of one-run baseball on Sunday in preparation for his first start of the season on April 10 in Cleveland.
Humber’s journey has taken many twists and turns since he was the No. 3 overall pick out of Rice University.
“I feel more comfortable now,” Humber said. “Confidence comes with being prepared. But them knowing what I can do and that I don’t have to prove it in one or two spring games [is big].”
Sox manager Robin Ventura has not named an opening day starter, but it is pretty safe to say Humber is secure in his No. 5 slot in the rotation.
“I don’t think any of us feel [concerned with who pitches first]. The opening day start… that is a neat deal, but opening day is the only time that matters. We all view ourselves as on our game day we are the No. 1 starter.”
Ventura was happy with what he saw from Humber on Sunday, but admitted he is not ready to say where his starters will be placed in his rotation.
“We know who our starters are,” Ventura said. “We just don’t know how [the rotation] is going to go.”
With 10 days left until opening day, the rookie manager has yet to name his closer.