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Philip Humber’s wife flashed before his eyes when he took liner to head

Updated: November 3, 2011 3:54PM



White Sox right-hander Philip Humber was more concerned about his wife than himself Thursday night after he was hit in the head by a line drive.

‘‘I thought, ‘I’ve got to get up because she’s in the stands,’ ’’ Humber said. ‘‘As soon as I went in [the clubhouse], I asked one of the guys to call her to make sure she knew I was OK.’’

Humber sat at his locker Saturday, relating what happened when he was hit above the right eye by the liner off the bat of Cleveland Indians outfielder Kosuke Fukudome.

Though on the disabled list, Humber has had no ill effects since the incident.

‘‘No headaches, nothing,’’ he said. ‘‘They’ve been checking me a lot, but so far, I’ve passed with flying colors.

‘‘It’s like a bruise. If I didn’t wake up and see [the bruise], I wouldn’t know I’d been hit.

‘‘My main concern was cheering up my wife. She’s pretty broken up about it.’’

Perhaps because it was the second time she had seen him struck while on the mound.

The other incident happened last June, when Humber was pitching for Class AAA Omaha in the Kansas City Royals organization.

‘‘That was worse,’’ Humber said. ‘‘It hit me [on the right side of the mouth], and I lost consciousness, so I was down. I was swollen and had blood all over and didn’t know what was going on. They carried me off the field. But I pitched nine days later.

‘‘I had 18 stitches, and most of them were on the inside of my mouth, but there was blood everywhere. And, of course, being a minor-league stadium, she ran straight down through the dugout, and she’s hanging over the dugout trying to get to me. She sees blood all over my jersey. That was way worse.’’

Thursday’s incident might not have seemed as severe, but fear of concussions made the Sox treat Humber with greater caution.

‘‘We don’t know if he’s OK until they do the tests,’’ manager Ozzie Guillen said. ‘‘It’s just something where you can feel fine now, and you don’t know what’s going to happen later when you get hit like that. We have experience because a few guys have had concussions, and that’s what we try to avoid. This little thing could have been ugly and bad later.

‘‘The great thing is he feels good, not great but good. We have to take responsibility if something goes wrong with this kid. This is more for him than for us.’’

Humber wasn’t hospitalized Thursday night.

‘‘No X-rays, no CAT scans,’’ Humber said. ‘‘We had all the doctors here, so I was checked out thoroughly. If you’re going to get hit in the face, that’s probably the best part to get hit.’’

Fukudome called Humber after the game.

‘‘I don’t think he speaks English well,’’ he said. ‘‘He had someone call over to me. It’s not his fault. He did what he was supposed to with that pitch, and it’s just one of those things.’’



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