Humber ‘excited’ to return to Houston
Philip Humber, the former Rice University star pitcher who threw a perfect game last season for the White Sox, was claimed off waivers Friday by the Astros, who signed him to a one-year deal with a club option for 2014.
Humber, 29, went 5-5 with a 6.44 ERA in 26 games (16 starts) for Chicago and is expected to battle for one of the final two spots in the Astros’ pitching rotation. He lives with his family in Tyler, Texas, which is 175 miles north of Houston. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow delivered the news to Humber via phone earlier in the day.
“It’s really exciting, more so for my family than anything,” Humber told MLB.com. “The places I’ve played before, they haven’t been able to see me but a little bit, but I’ll be right up the road no now in Houston. So we’re excited about it. My wife and I have a little baby and it will make it easier on them as far as traveling and everything. I think it’s going to be a good situation.”
The proximity to his home is a bonus, but a move to the Astros comes with plenty of opportunity as they prepare to move into the American League in 2013.
“As far as the way things went last year – there were obviously some extreme highs and getting hurt and not pitching the way I was capable of – I’m excited about the opportunity to get back out there and prove I’m capable of being a good Major League pitcher,” he said.
In 80 career Major League appearances (44 starts), Humber is 16-15 with a 4.87 ERA.
Prior to his professional career, Humber had an outstanding career at Rice. He was a member of the Owls 2003 national championship team, hurling a complete-game in the championship game vs. Stanford. Humber also earned First-Team All-America honors in 2004 and currently ranks second in school history in strikeouts and third in wins.
More from Humber to come at Astros.com