Jesse Crain hasn’t pitched since April 20 because of an oblique injury and after leaving him on the active roster for a week the White Sox placed the reliever on the disabled list today.
Crain missed time during spring training with a right oblique strain, but this injury is to his left side and Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that it comes from “a weight room conditioning session” last Friday.
Crain was off to a good start before the injury, throwing seven innings with a 2.57 ERA and 10/1 K/BB ratio while setting up rookie closer Hector Santiago. For now manager Robin Ventura is sticking with the struggling Santiago, but by the time Crain returns from the DL the White Sox may have a new closer.
No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.
Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.
Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.