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Axelrod fans four in first start of season

White Sox pitcher Philip Humber's struggles since throwing a perfect game on April 21 took another step for the worse on Friday, when he was put on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow strain.

Taking Humber's place Saturday against the Brewers will be Dylan Axelrod, who was called up from Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday. Axelrod, who has four big league starts under his belt, is expected to get two or three starts for the White Sox.

"It's an opportunity to do what I have done and just prove myself for a little bit of an extended time," Axelrod said.

In his only start this season, Axelrod gave up two runs in 4 1/3 innings, and in three total appearances this season, he has a 3.52 ERA. Axelrod has made 11 starts for Charlotte this season, accumulating a 3.18 ERA and a 5-4 record.

The White Sox now are without two starters, as John Danks is also on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain.

Instead of making excuses, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said the injuries are a chance for other players to step up.

"You just keep going," Ventura said. "We have people we are bringing in. ... It doesn't stop, so we put a guy in there we feel confident with and go from there."

On the other side of the field, the Brewers are finally getting healthy. Infielder Cesar Izturis came off the disabled list Friday and first baseman Travis Ishikawa is expected to return from Triple-A Nashville on Saturday. For manager Ron Roenicke, having Izturis and Ishikawa back is a sign there's a light at the end of the tunnel after a slew of injuries.

"With guys going down and guys slipping in, it's working out OK," he said. "The starters have been really good lately. Hopefully that will continue. Keep away from any more injuries and we should be OK."

Brewers: Brewers still unsure about Marcum
• Starter Shaun Marcum missed his last scheduled start on Tuesday with a tight right elbow.

Now, the Brewers are deciding whether to place Marcum on the disabled list or keep him around until he's healthy. In his last four starts, Marcum has notched three wins with a 2.30 ERA. Roenicke said that made losing Marcum even harder, but he hopes to have a plan for the 30-year-old right-hander in the next couple of days.

"We kind of know what we want to do already," Roenicke said. "It's probably more just timing with that and figuring out for sure what's the best way to proceed with him. If he misses one start and he rushes back for a second, is that a smart way to do it? Or do we just make sure and give him those extra days?"

• Randy Wolf will take the mound for the Brewers on Saturday. Milwaukee has blown a lead for Wolf in his last three starts and five of his last eight. Wolf hasn't won a decision since April 30, owning a 4.28 ERA in that span.

White Sox: Bruney comes back with more velocity
• With Humber on the disabled list, Brian Bruney returned to the White Sox from Triple-A Charlotte on Friday. He'll pitch in a long-relief role after recording 11 saves in 23 games with a 1.85 ERA for the Knights.

Bruney, who also made three starts in Triple-A to stretch out, comes back with a little more heat on his fastball.

"I just got back to the basics with my natural arm slot," Bruney said. "Working with [Knights pitching coach] Richard Dotson down there really helped. We just tweaked a few things and got back to doing what I used to do, and I'm just feeling a whole lot more comfortable throwing the ball."

Worth noting
• The White Sox dropped to 7-9 in Interleague play this season after Friday's loss to the Brewers. Chicago hasn't finished with a losing record against the National League since 2007.

• Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun extended his Interleague hitting streak to 25 games after going 1-for-3 on Friday. He surpassed Derek Jeter for the third-longest streak since Interleague Play began in 1997. Comments