Crain throws again, feeling better

PHILADELPHIA -- Chicago White Sox setup man Jesse Crain said the strain in his right shoulder that placed him on the disabled list on June 30 is feeling better. Crain was selected to the All-Star Game along with White Sox starter Chris Sale, but will not be able to pitch in the game at the New York Mets’ Citi Field.

Crain did throw prior to the White Sox’s postponed game against the Phillies on Friday.

“It was my fourth day throwing and I’ve gotten a little further each day, and I’m also trying to get the strength in it and having it feel good when I throw,” said Crain, who is 2-3, with a 0.74 ERA in 36 2/3 innings pitched. “There’s still a little pain it in there when I throw. I’ll just have to kick it. It has got better. It’s not quite where I want to push it yet. The program where I’m at right now is throwing, and trying to throw and figure that out. As of right now, it’s still day-by-day. When I’m healthy, I can throw a simulated game and I’ll be ready to compete. That’s not my decision. I’ll wait until I’m at that point.”

The timing couldn’t be any worse for Crain. He was named to the All-Star game for the first time in his career, which added to the confluence of swirling trade rumors involving his name, and now the shoulder strain.

“I’m not really thinking about trades or anything like that right now, I’m thinking about getting healthy and that’s quieted all of the other fronts,” Crain said. “I’m excited about the All-Star game. I can’t wait to get there. It will be a lot of fun.”

When White Sox manager Robin Ventura was asked if he would prefer Crain to pitch in a rehab assignment, Ventura answered, “I want him to pitch in a game, the adrenaline is different if he were pitching in a simulated game or side work. So it’s just like Jake (Peavy, who will make his first rehab start Sunday for Double-A Birmingham) last year. Again, it’s one of those, you want to make sure he’s right. The adrenaline is a little different when you’re there during a game than a simulated or a side.”