The Chicago White Sox have placed starting pitcher Philip Humber on the 15-day disabled list with a mild right elbow flexor strain, and have recalled pitcher Brian Bruney from Triple-A Charlotte. The White Sox also designated outfielder Kosuke Fukudome for assignment.
"It's hard to say (when it began hurting)," Humber said. "For me, I have a high pain tolerance as it is. My mentality is if you don't have a broken arm, you should be out there pitching. It's hard to say when it started or anything like that. It's kind of been something which has gotten gradually worse. It just kind of got to a point where I felt like I had to say something.
"The good news is I can play. I'm going to go out there today and play catch. Based on how I feel and how everything goes, get back on the mound, throw some sidelines and probably will have to get a rehab start or two. I don't know exactly when, but soon."
Humber has just two wins since his perfect game against the Mariners in April, and has pitched seven or more innings in just one start since then. Dylan Axelrod will get the call to start against the Brewers on Saturday at US Cellular Field.
"When I come back, I fully expect to be pitching some good ball games and give our team a chance to win," Humber said. "A lot of times this year I felt like I wasn't really doing that. It wasn't for lack of trying, wasn't for lack of working, but sometimes you kind of have to take a step back before you can take a step forward."
Manager Robin Ventura wants Humber completely confident when he takes the mound.
"The more you think about it you don't want him going out there with any reservations about how he's feeling to be able to pitch," Ventura said. "I want him going out there 100 percent because he's better when he's like that."
Bruney had been pitching in relief at Charlotte, but he started in his last appearance on Monday, allowing one run on four hits in five innings. Bruney was 1-2 with a 1.85 ERA at Charlotte with 11 saves in 23 appearances.
Bruney appeared in 23 games for the White Sox in 2011, all in relief. He gave up four home runs in just 19.2 innings, and posted a 6.86 ERA.
Fukudome had been on the disabled list since June 7. The White Sox activated him from the DL and then designated him for assignment. This likely signals that Jordan Danks will remain with the club for the rest of the season.
"Danks does a lot of different things. He can play all three outfield positions," Ventura said. "
He can run, did enough with the bat, just different things. It's good to give (Fukudome) a chance to go somewhere else and get playing time."
ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine contributed to this story.