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Humber geared up to make season debut

Phil Humber's season debut was pushed back after the White Sox's game against the Indians was postponed April 10. AP Photo/Paul Connors

CHICAGO -- Phil Humber didn’t know how many days it’s been since his last start.

“I haven’t been counting,” he said.

When Humber takes the mound Monday against Baltimore he will have gone 12 days in between starts; he threw five innings in an April 4 exhibition game against Houston then missed his scheduled season debut on April 10 due to rain. But Humber, who is entering his second season with the Sox, doesn’t seem to mind.

“For whatever reason it doesn’t seem to affect me as far as being able to command a baseball,” he said. “That’s one thing you worry about when you have time off like that. For me, for some reason I’m able to still feel pretty comfortable no matter how much rest I’ve had.”

Humber threw a bullpen session on April 11 and another one two days later. Because the Sox had a six-man rotation last season, Humber often went six or seven days between starts. He went 13 days between his last two starts in July, the latter of which he allowed four runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings of the Sox’s 10-2 loss to Boston on the last day of the month.

• Manager Robin Ventura has stuck to his plan of playing his reserves on a regular basis. Both Kosuke Fukudome and Eduardo Escobar will make their second starts of the season on Sunday. Escobar will start at second base in place of Gordon Beckham; Escobar made his first start at third base and can also play shortstop. His only hit of the season was a triple.

“From seeing him last year to this year, he's just matured, he has a better approach at the plate,” Ventura said. “In spring training, when he was in games stuff happened. For me, that's nice. He was doing a lot of positive things for the lineup and defensively, he showed he can play anywhere in the infield. It's nice to get him in there and see what he can do.”