GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The slow road to recovery is back on track for Jesse Crain, who is throwing again after a setback earlier in the spring.
Crain, who has missed the last year and a half after shoulder surgery, has been trying to get himself back in shape this spring under a minor league contract.
Before spring training had hit the midway point the right-handed reliever was one of the bright spots because of his rapid progression, but that pace hit a snag when shoulder soreness resurfaced.
“I’ve throwing for about a week now, and it’s coming along,” Crain said Tuesday. “I seem to be climbing again. I’m not putting a timeframe on anything, but I’m moving forward again.”
Crain is already at 120 feet with his throwing sessions and could be nearing a session in the bullpen. After that he would face batters in batting practice or a simulated situation, then get into a game against minor leaguers.
Crain will stay back at extended spring when camp breaks Thursday. There is no rush for a return to the major leagues, giving the White Sox a low-risk, high-reward option for later in the season.
“Yeah, I felt better than I have since I’ve been going through this, so I think that’s a positive sign,” he said. “I’m going to stay down here and keep working and be with the staff down here and we’ll put a good plan together to make (a return) happen.”