CHICAGO -- There's one question Philip Humber continues to ponder two days after being struck above the right eye with a fierce Kosuke Fukudome line drive in the second inning of Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Indians.
"I don't know what side of the family I got a hard head from," said a smiling Humber, speaking before Saturday night's game against the Rangers.
Humber has been checked out quite a bit by the White Sox since leaving Thursday's contest, but he has passed every test or exam "with flying colors." The existing knot feels like a bruise, but Humber added that he wouldn't really know it's there if for not seeing it in the mirror or watching the replay.
As was talked about by the White Sox on Friday, Humber's move to the disabled list was more a precautionary measure. Ozzie Guillen said Saturday that Humber feels good, but the White Sox didn't want to take the chance of something bad happening after the fact.
"This little thing could have been ugly, been bad later," Guillen said. "That's the reason we did it. He's being checked by the doctors. The great thing about all this -- he feels good, he doesn't feel great, but he feels good."
The biggest concern for Humber was cheering up his wife, Kristan, who also was in attendance when he was hit just to the right of his mouth while pitching for the Triple-A Omaha Royals on June 10 of last year. That was a bloody injury where Humber lost consciousness and needed 18 stitches, but his ability to bounce back up immediately this time didn't seem to provide any extra comfort.
"She's pretty broken up about it," Humber said.
Fukudome called over to check on Humber after the accident, but Humber said Saturday that Fukudome was doing exactly what he was supposed to do with a hanging curve. Humber joked that he saved a run on the play and added that he won't have any fear when stepping back on the mound.
"I'm sure the first time, I mean, I remember last year. Last year was a lot worse," Humber said. "I was swelling up out to here. The funny thing was last year I had blood all over me and I didn't know what was going on.
"After I got hit, I got basically carried off the field and I was rushed to the emergency room and all that. I pitched nine days later last year. For a while there I'd kind of flinch on ground balls up the middle and stuff. I don't think I'll think about it. I really don't."
Quentin injures shoulder, but X-rays negative
CHICAGO -- Carlos Quentin exited Saturday night's contest against the Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field with one out in the first inning after making a diving catch in right-center to rob Craig Gentry of a hit.
Gentry's ball was of the blooper variety, but Quentin came on quick to make the play while landing on his left shoulder and rolling over. Quentin stayed on the ground for a minute or so after throwing the ball back to the infield, obviously in pain, before manager Ozzie Guillen and head athletic trainer Herm Schneider came out to check on him.
Quentin was replaced by Alex Rios, with Guillen making the humorous signal for a tall and thin player from right-center to the dugout -- reminiscent of his old wider call to the bullpen for closer Bobby Jenks. Alejandro De Aza moved from center to right, and Rios took over in center hitting cleanup. Rios delivered a go-ahead double with one out in the eighth inning of Saturday's 3-2 victory. Rios' shot to left off Texas reliever Koji Uehara scored pinch-runner Brent Lillibridge from first base.
Entering the second game of this three-game set, Quentin was hitting .255 with 24 homers and 77 RBIs. He's second on the White Sox in homers and RBIs behind Paul Konerko.
X-rays on Quentin's left shoulder were negative. The right fielder will not play in the series finale, according to postgame comments from Guillen, and will have his condition re-evaluated on Sunday.
"It's not broken, and that's what I worried about," said Guillen. "Obviously, it's going to be sore for a few days. Hopefully, the day off Monday will help him to recover for the next series back in Anaheim or Seattle."
Guillen spoke of Quentin being a big kid, and when a big kid puts all his weight in one spot, you're going to be sore for a little while. That soreness could keep Quentin out until Friday's series opener in Seattle, missing two games in Anaheim.
If it becomes apparent Quentin will be sidelined for any extended period of time, then the White Sox probably would have to make a roster move. And it could include the promotion of frequently talked about outfield prospect Dayan Viciedo, who is hitting .294 with 17 homers and 72 RBIs for Triple-A Charlotte.
"That's [general manager Ken Williams'] decision," said Guillen. "When you gotta put someone on the DL, it's timing.
"I don't expect him to be on the DL, but I worry about it because that's his shoulder. When he's swinging, Carlos uses that part of his body a lot, and we have to wait and see."
Kinney makes immediate contribution
CHICAGO -- Josh Kinney had never thrown more than 2 1/3 innings in an outing during his big league career until working three scoreless innings of one-hit baseball during Friday's 7-4 loss to Texas. The right-hander fanned six but simply was happy to get into the game after being called up from Triple-A Charlotte on Friday.
"Given the circumstances, you don't really want to see [Jake] Peavy have that happen to him the way it worked out," Kinney said. "But I know that's probably going to be my job -- to go in there in those types of situations and save our 'pen. I was glad to be able to get the three innings and save our guys.
"[The six strikeouts], yeah, that's nice. Obviously, I'm not going out there trying to strike guys out. My game's kind of letting them put the ball in play and let the defense take care of it. It's just kind of the way it worked out last night. I was happy with the way I threw the ball and real happy to give the bullpen a break."
Kinney missed most of the 2008 season after recovering from two elbow surgeries in '07. He spent all of 2010 with Triple-A Memphis, but now is part of a relief crew in the middle of a race for the American League Central title.
"Forty games left to play and we're after something," Kinney said. "It's pretty cool, and I'm delighted to be here."
Kinney heaps praise on prospect Reed
CHICAGO -- While pitching this season for Triple-A Charlotte's bullpen, Josh Kinney had the chance to work alongside Addison Reed. The 22-year-old right-hander has put up video game-like numbers over 2011 stops at Class A Kannapolis, Class A Winston-Salem, Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte, with a 1.40 ERA and 39 hits and 13 walks allowed in 70 2/3 innings, not to mention 103 strikeouts.
Reed is the White Sox No. 9 ranked prospect by MLB.com. Kinney said Saturday that Reed's composure matches those dominant numbers.
"He's very mature for his age, his personality and his game on the field," said Kinney. "He's locating the ball down with some heat on it.
"You get guys that throw 95, 97 [mph] at the knees on the corner -- to do that a couple times, you say, 'Well, that's good. Can you do it again?' He's been really consistent. He's got great stuff and really good command. I think we need to see what happens with him."
Peavy battling his way back to old form
CHICAGO -- As Jake Peavy continues to fight his way back from 2010 surgery to reattach his lat muscle, both the right-hander and pitching coach Don Cooper have acknowledged this present 2011 campaign is a work in progress. Peavy will have starts where he shuts out the Twins on three hits over eight innings, as he did on Aug. 7, and then have other trips to the mound such as Friday, where he was dominant for three innings but then gave up four in the fourth.
Manager Ozzie Guillen understands this up-and-down showing from his starter with a 5.06 ERA all comes with part of the recovery process.
"That's just something you can't control," Guillen said. "You are going to go day by day. The injury has been about a year away, a year-plus or whatever. But it's still in the back of my head, maybe not in his head, but in my head. This kid comes from this very tough injury, and this year, it seems like he's been pitching more than in the past."
Third to first
Juan Pierre had his streak of 75 plate appearances without a strikeout end in the fifth inning of Saturday's 3-2 victory over the Rangers.
Jesse Crain has a 4-1 record with a 0.00 ERA lifetime against the Rangers. He has not allowed an earned run to them in 25 1/3 innings.
Adam Dunn is now 3-for-81 with 37 strikeouts against left-handed pitchers this season.
The White Sox are 20-16 in one-run games and 13-7 at home in one-run games.