Jesse Crain has been sidelined for more than a week with a strained right oblique muscle and said yesterday that there’s no timetable yet for his return.
Crain was able to play catch Monday, but told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune that “we haven’t even talked about” when he’ll see game action again and “we are trying to see how I can get better.”
Pitching coach Don Cooper stressed that the White Sox still “have time” to get Crain ready to begin the season on the active roster, but his spring training workload will be very limited and Gonzales indicates that a disabled list stint is a possibility. For now the best-case scenario has Crain throwing off a mound at the end of the week, so it may be a while before he faces live hitters.
Crain, who left the Twins for the White Sox as a free agent last offseason, threw 65 innings with a 2.62 ERA and 70/31 K/BB ratio. He’s owed $4.5 million this season and next season, and could find himself on the trading block if Chicago falls out of contention.