Sore elbow sidelines Humber

After Philip Humber showed diminished velocity in his first start for the Binghamton Mets, he was examined by Mets physicians and sent back to the club's facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla., the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin reported.

The Mets' first round selection in the June 2004 draft, the 22-year-old Humber was 2-6 with a 4.99 ERA in 14 starts for St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League before being promoted to Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League this month.

Humber made just one start for Binghamton, a four-inning outing on July 11 at Norwich in which he allowed three runs and four hits, walking two and striking out two.

Binghamton manager Jack Lind told the Press & Sun-Bulletin that Humber was throwing between 87 and 91 MPH, a severe dropoff for the hard-throwing righthander.

Humber, who complained of a sore right elbow, was examined on Wednesday in New York by team physicians David Altchek and Answorth Allen, the newspaper reported. He arrived in Port St. Lucie on Thursday.

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