It's starting to look like all those years without injuries are catching up with us. Perhaps Hermie's Faustian bargain had something to do with his obesity, but Philip Humber has been placed on the disabled list retroactive to June 17th with right elbow flexor strain.
The main muscle involved in elbow flexion is the brachioradialis. Apart from helping to bend the elbow, it is also pretty handy in allowing pronation and supination of the forearm, both of which come in handy when trying to pitch a baseball.
The likely culprit.
This isn't nearly as frightening as John Danks' shoulder issues, but it is still worrisome. Humber shouldn't be on the shelf for too long with this, but until he comes back the rotation is noticeably different. Along with the Jake Peavy, Chris Sale, Gavin Floyd trio that we're accustomed to we now have Jose Qunitana and Dylan Axelrod holding down the 4 and 5 spots in the rotation. The White Sox recalled Brian Bruney from AAA Charlotte to take Humber's place on the 25-man roster.
In another move, the team cut ties with Kosuke Fukudome. Fukudome couldn't have been happy with the lack of playing time he'd been receiving and the Sox seem to be okay with leaving Jordan Danks up as the fourth outfielder. If they can find a suitable replacement on the bench for Brent Lillibridge the backups won't look like as much of a weakness as they did about a month ago.