Jesse Crain hasn’t pitched since Friday and the White Sox reliever revealed today that he’s been unavailable because of an oblique injury.
Crain missed time with an oblique injury during spring training as well, but Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that his current injury is to the other side and Crain hopes to “be ready in the next day or two if all goes well.”
In between the oblique issues he’s posted a 2.57 ERA and 10/1 K/BB ratio setting up rookie closer Hector Santiago.
The Angels have signed 1B/DH Chris Carter to a minor league contract, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports notes that Carter will earn a $1.175 million salary if he makes the major league roster and he can earn another $600,000 in incentives.
Carter, 31, struggled mightily with the Yankees last year before being released in July. He hit .201/.284/.370 with eight home runs and 26 RBI in 208 plate appearances. The Athletics signed him later that month, but spent the rest of his season with Triple-A Nashville.
The Angels dealt C.J. Cron to the Rays on Saturday, so Carter helps add depth in that area.