Astros claim pitcher Humber off waivers

Astros claim pitcher Humber off waivers
November 30, 2012, 5:30 pm
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CSNHouston Staff

The Astros have claimed pitcher Philip Humber off waivers.

Humber is a Rice product, who pitched a perfect game with the White Sox last season.

The White Sox cut ties with Humber earlier on Friday.

Humber threw his perfect game -- the 21st in MLB history -- on April 21.

The 29-year-old Humber finished the 2012 season with a 5-5 record with a 6.44 ERA in 2012, which included 10 relief appearances. Humber was removed from the starting rotation after early August and appeared in just two games after Aug. 31.

According to CSNChicago, had the White Sox offered Humbert a contract, he would have likely received at least a $1 million salary if he reached arbitration. That made it easier to let Humbert go.

Humber was a first-round pick (third overall) out of Rice in the 2004 draft. He was selected by the New York Mets.

In his seven-year MLB career, Humber has a 16-15 record with a 4.87 ERA. The only complete game of his career was the perfect game last season.

Humber, who lives in Tyler, Tex., played for the Rice Owls and was a member of the 2003 National Championship team. He threw a complete game in the championship game against Stanford and was a First-Team All American in 2004. He is second in school history in strikeouts and third in wins.

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